Last Thursday, I was curious about how long I could run without having to take a break. Jeff and I went out before dinner to run at scary statue park, where I surprised myself by running the entire loop on the statue side (there is a soccer field side as well) - no stopping! It was half a mile and took me about 6ish minutes. I walked for about 1:30, and then ran the loop again. And again. And then? I decided I shouldn't push it any further, considering the race on Sunday. I was really pleased to have done that - I feel like I'm getting there with my running. One thing that was interesting, though, is that the next day? I was feeling that run, not only in my ankle (it stings), but my legs as well - and that was only just over 1.5 miles. I've done several 3.5 mile runs at 2/1:30 intervals and felt fine - weird that running continuously like that made such a difference. I was a little worried that I'd done too much before the race, but I felt fine on Sunday, and after, I wasn't any more sore than I was after Thursday's run. Slowly but surely, I'm reclaiming my running.
I know I probably sound like a schoolgirl crushing on running, and I am, in a way - but it's still quite the challenge when it comes to me vs. myself and getting out there. If I have a date with a running buddy planned, it's no problem. I set my alarm, lay out my clothes, and go to it. But if I know it's just me, myself and I, well - that's a battle. And yesterday morning, as I was laying in bed, trying to talk myself into getting up and out the door for a solo run (Jenny had to cancel and let me know the night before), I read my email on my little iPod Touch. Lo and behold, there was a message that our track workout for that night was changed to an easy 2.5 mile Red Mango run (meaning we park near RM, run a couple of loops, and then decamp for a treat). Whew! I get to run with people, my favorite...and also get frozen yogurt, my other favorite! Love it when things work out like that.