About 3 months ago I came home to find that the gardeners had completely and totally pruned back my rose still flowering rose bushes.
It was around that same time that I really started scaling back my running and trying to get my SI joint in place, get my hammy shaped up, etc. I felt like a loser on the Bachelor because I wasn’t getting in any good, long runs nor the final rose.
But alas, the other day hope started springing anew.
Ironically I found this on my way home from my first “long for me” run in a while.
My goal: 10 slow miles
Given that I’m still recovering I chose, a nice flat (only 265 feet of incline over 10 miles) and soft surfaced place to run. I did a majority of the running on packed sand which meant a lot of laps up and down the beach (about 4 loops) hugging the full moon induced exceptionally high tide while dodging the leisurely beach strollers.
Hammy pain – nil
Exhaustion – nil
Despite feeling like I could run for 14 miles, after 8.5 miles I just started feeling a little tight in the legs, so I decided to call it a day and not push it too far
The Results: 9 miles with a nice leisurely 2 mile stroll on the beach- 1 mile in the icy cold Pacific whirlpool to recover.
In the ol’ recovery log, the speed at short distances had been picking up nicely (not 100% recovered, but about 80%) and to get a long run in under my belt made me feel pretty relieved, and quite frankly, a little more human. I’ve had my eye on getting a half in the last weekend in March, so we shall see how that progresses.
Does it feel like spring is 6 weeks or 6 months away for you?
What’s your favorite place to run these days?