to steal a quote from somewhere.
Well, after my triumphant 6.2k 40 min graduation run last Saturday I woke up full of enthusiasm on Sunday and headed out, slightly wondering if the previous day's effort was fluke. So I ran slowly as ran till I felt I didn't want to run anymore. Which was 47 minutes/ 7.4km.
I was thrilled to bits. a full 50% over where I had been a few days earlier.
Then as the day wore on, so did the muscle ache. Monday morning I was regretting my hubris. My new found breathing and running technique might have been capable of that distance but my legs certainly hadn't got the memo. I took Monday as a rest day and pondered my folly. Tuesday my thighs and left calf were still very tight, despite foam rolling and stretching but I staggered to Spin and after 45 minutes of bicycle torture felt loosened up enough to run home. It is a shorter distance but, warmed up, I managed to run it a decent clip. Am going to do this every week from now on.
Wednesday and Thursday I went out running again, but made a conscious decision not to go further than 5k. I am going to spend a couple of weeks just consolidating at this distance, letting my body catch up, before pushing on with the next section. I toyed with the idea of a longer easy run on Saturday, but in the end stuck at 5k again. For the time being increasing from 3 to 4 runs a week is increase enough. I am itching to get out and run today, but my knees are reminding me they need a day off. Will take the kids out for a bit of hill trail hiking instead. Recce some more routes for later runs -oops, No! I mean not think about running and enjoy being in the moment with my children.
It seems a bit bizarre: after many runs during the programme when I had to force myself to put my trainers on and get out the door to do my run, this week I am having to restrain myself from going out too often.
I am sure this starry eyed optimism too will pass, probably the first day of my upcoming hill training sessions, but for now am having more fun than I thought possible with shorts on.