Hey hey! As you may have noticed, more of my entries lately have not been centered around running. The past several posts have been about other things that I’m passionate about (and also things I have been working on and studying in school).
A few weeks ago I wrote a pretty mopey post because I wasn’t able to run as much as I wanted and for some reason I thought that was my fault. In reality, my body was just sick and needed to recover. All of my systems were totally out of whack for about two weeks and workouts were few and far between.
On Thanksgiving I decided to go to Zumba and it was SO GREAT to be reunited with an old love. It wasn’t running but it is an awesome, fun workout that got my endorphins pumping. Still listening to my body, I was just working out when I felt like it. Some days I had to force myself because it is too easy to be lazy and not go workout when you know good and well your body is perfectly capable.
Fast forward to last week. I’ve been gradually getting back into a workout routine which includes Zumba at the ungodly hour of 5:45AM on Thursdays. A couple of Sundays ago I had so much junk pent up of things I’ve been having to deal with, that I wanted to go to the gym before church to just run it off. I knew it just had to make me feel better. And guess what…it did. Those 2.5 miles of running and walking was just the release I needed.
At this time I felt like I felt when I first started running–I used it as my coping mechanism. The exact same can be said for this early Sunday run. One day wasn’t enough, I wanted to run more. It didn’t make me insanely tired like it did when I was still recovering from mono. I was craving running again. Long story short, I’ve been exercising regularly again!
Last week I logged a couple of 3-mile runs through the week, and on Saturday I had a definite goal of wanting to run 5 miles. I did so on the treadmill at the gym and after that 5th mile I didn’t want to stop! So I kept going until I ran out of time and ended up running 5.75 miles. This is the longest I have ran since June and the feeling was way super amazing! I’m finally feeling strong and capable again.
I took Sunday and Monday off (due to tiredness and finals) and yesterday I hit up Pilates at 9am which was a slice of humble pie. I am so sore. It hurts to laugh, to raise my arms and even twist from side to side. It is pathetic how weak my core is, but I am determined to make this class a part of my new routine because I NEED a strong core. Pilates was followed by Zumba at 10am and near the end of the class I wanted to promptly fall over.
When I woke up this morning, I didn’t have a workout planned, and I wanted to run but I also didn’t want to run. But I wanted to run more than I didn’t, so I hit the treadmill again for a little speed session of 3.5 miles. I made it a progression run, so each mile I turned up the speed a little bit and felt awesome afterwards.
Soreness from yesterday combined with a workout today pretty much means that I’ll be wobbly and moving as little as possible all day. This is the stuff I missed most I’m working on a not-totally-running-centered post for later this week…but this has been on my mind to share the most lately!