This week’s theme seems to be my time away and what I learned, so let’s continue on with that theme for today….
I didn’t run much when I was on vacation and I ran once since returning from vacation.
I ran twice with my dad when I was in Kelowna and struggled the entire way. I had trouble catching my breath and my body just felt off. I attempted one run by myself and ended up turning around at the 3.5k mark and walking back.
My body just wasn’t having it.
You know what?
At first I was understandably frustrated. I think anyone would be.
I’m certainly not the best runner out there, but I’m also not used to feeling weak or faint when I run.
This week I got back to it. I went for a run with Lindsay and I felt pretty good. Given the heat (not that I’m complaining because I will never complain about summer in Calgary!) if I were alone I probably wouldn’t have stopped earlier, but there’s something about running and chatting with a friend that makes the mileage pass by so quickly.
Originally I had planned for SeaWheeze to be a PR race, but given that I haven’t done any speedwork in July, I’m going to do the smart thing and make August a base building month. Moving into September I’m going to add in some speedwork and hill work to increase my speed and strength.
Then come October I’ll be running a half marathon ever weekend and will also (hopefully!) be running 10-20km the day before or after the races to help prep my legs for Ragnar in October.
I’ll also possibly throw in a trail race or two in the mix as well.
You all know me – go big or go home 🙂
I’ll be updating my training plan over the next couple of days, once I have time to sit down and think about what I want to and what I can accomplish.
I definitely plan on a more balanced approach to training with running, yoga and cross training. I’m told that’s the smart thing to do 😉
I definitely really struggled with taking a break at first, but I think I’ve determined that my body needs a rest every six months or so. December I ended up only running 20km or so and that’s about the same for July. The more I continue on my running journey, the more I learn how to push my limits, but also, what my body needs.
How good are you at listening to your body?
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