|me on the trail|
|not me on the running trail|
I was supposed to run 9 miles. I made it to 8.3 miles. It wasn't a good run. My legs felt like lead. I tried running a different part of the trail, to give me something new to look at. It didn't really help! There was no energy in this body. I ended up walking more than I wanted to coming back. I was disgustingly sweaty and was a bit worried that the weird trickle running down my leg was something leaking from my ass, but realized it was the sweat from my hair dripping down and hitting my leg. Phew. I forgot my Bondi Band, and I did regret it! The sweat hit my contacts and burned the hell out of my eyes. Next time I will wear it.
Since it took me so long to run, I had plenty of time to think. All I want to do is run my half marathon in November feeling happy and strong. I don't want to kill myself running hard, or trying to beat anyone else. I wanted to make it in two hours, but I just don't think that will happen. So I'm adjusting my time to 2:20. I am glad I've decided to make this my last long race. I want to run when I feel like it, however long I feel like it. So after November's race, that's what I plan to do. Having college students run past me going out on the trail, then coming back and passing me made me realize I just don't have the energy to push myself all the time just so I can run faster. I did get some good looks at some handsome young men running in their little shorts, though! It makes me wonder what my running would be like now if I had started in my 20's instead. Would I even be running? Would I have crashed and burned or injured myself horribly? Or would I run like the wind. Who knows.
I am very happy to have my foam roller. My hips get so tight on my runs that the roller is my only relief. Oh, it hurts so good. Now Bud just has to give me a neck massage, and I should feel better. I am getting out my physical therapy exercises again for my hips so I can work on keeping them strong. I think that will help make my runs less "tense".
So how is your exercise routine going? With the coming change in seasons, do you do something different for the Fall? I am still determined to try a spin class; I'm just too chicken to do it. At this minute. Just for now. Maybe I'll grow some balls soon and try it with a who the heck cares if I pass out in class attitude!