So, after my speech, we all set off to run 2 miles. It was great to have so many people to run with! As I mentioned on last Friday's post, I was afraid of how my ankle was going to feel during this run. It was ok. Not perfect - there is still some discomfort, but it's not terrible. I'm taking it easy, which I have to, since my running base is pretty much zero right now. I ran most of the time - took a few walking breaks, but I still hit 2 miles in 25:02, so that's not too far off my 12-minute mile that I was doing for the long runs. After the run, I was hot and sweaty and I loved it! I know it probably doesn't sound all that appealing, to be all out-of-breath and dripping sweat, but to me, it was wonderful.
With this training program, we are incorporating more cross-training, since we are running less miles. So on Monday, not only did I have to run for 20 minutes, I also had to do an additional 20 minutes of core and strength training! I got my run/walk in - it was so windy, leaves were blowing into my face at times! For my core work, I did ab crunches on the stability ball, a couple of plank holds, and...wait for it...the hula hoop! I had a few good rounds with it - getting better and better, I am. Wait til my neighbor girls see me - they are going to be so impressed!
Yesterday at the ridiculously early hour of 6:15 am, I met up with my friend Terry to go running with her - this was my Christmas present to her - a commitment to be her early-morning running partner. Why yes, it's April, and she's finally getting her present. What can I say...stuff happens. Did I mention that I was meeting her at 6:15? Well, I actually got there about 10 minutes late - it was dark, I missed my turn, and then got lost and ended up near the junior college. How the hell I did that I can only sum up in one word - "talent." Anyway, we did 3:1 intervals - running for 3 minutes, then walking for 1 minute. Ricky Bobby did an awesome job of letting us know when to run and when to walk, and I have to say that this was the best my ankle has felt both during and after a run in quite a while! So I think it will be intervals for me while I'm getting my ankle back into shape. Hmmm, now if only someone would have recommended for me to do them a couple of weeks ago...(back story - someone DID, and probably wants to slap me right about now, lol).
Last night was speedwork at the track, and I went. Although Jeff is doing this program too, he's out of town during the week so I went by myself. I'm kinda lazy and not a big fan of speedwork, but I know it's helpful, so I'm going to force myself to go instead of just doing a regular run that day and calling it even. That is my plan, so if you see me slacking, please feel free to
If you missed the Tuesday post I snuck in, I'd doing a giveaway for ReNew Life products - click here to read and enter, if you want. I have a couple more giveaways coming up, so I'll probably be posting them on Tuesdays.