So after last week’s race, my calves were a little tight and I could feel a bit of tightness in my quads and hips for a day or so. Not enough to challenge walking but enough that I knew I had a good run. I gave myself a few days off then went it for a short “see how the legs feel” kind of run on Wednesday. It was short and slow; the shins were barking a bit, but I felt ok after some time with my recovery roller.
Today I had hoped to get out to the lake for some sort of trail run but unfortunately, although I was going to be at the lake for a few hours, my time was going to be focussed on getting the boat ready to be pulled for the season 😢. So this morning after dropping kiddo off at school, I headed back down to the pathway that I ran all last winter. I have another trail race coming up in 3 weeks that appears to also be very hilly so started my run further down the pathway so I could run the long hill behind the golf course. Oh how my attitude has changed. Gone are the days of avoiding hills, now I actively seek them out. What is wrong with me 😂?!?
It was only 5C and raining so I put on one of my new long sleeved shirts I just purchased (nice and fleecy inside), my long tights and my thin windbreaker, and my thin running gloves. I still wore my hat to try and keep the rain out of my eyes. By the time I got on the path, the rain really wasn’t an issue, but I definitely noticed these tights are not overly warm. Apparently Heatgear is not to keep you warm but to help keep you cool in warm environments. I’m not sure if I realized that when I bought them in the spring or not. Oh well. Nether regions were a little nippy so I may need to stop running commando until Spring and wear another layer on my bottom half. I plan to stop at a Running store in the city and spoil myself with some winter weight tights and a heavier running shell since I have proved to myself that I appear to be in this for the long haul..... or at least I should be to help with my mental wellbeing.
My run felt a little heavy at the start, not terrible, just slow, but by the end, after sailing up the long hill that used to seem so hard, I felt really good. I could’ve kept on but knew hubby was waiting on me so tootled on home.
It took a bit to get back out there this week, and the runs weren’t stellar, but I am glad I did. I’m am looking forward to hitting the trails again a couple times over the next 2 weeks before race day 😊