It's been a while since I last posted, but figured I would share my progress now. I've not been running as often as I did during the program, but I have been running. It's been hot and humid here, and I'm not really all that great at running in those conditions. That, together with the fact that my schedule and my life partners schedule don't always add up (we've keep up running together) has spaced out the runs a little more than I would like.
When I woke up this morning, I was relieved to find out that it was at least five degrees cooler than the days before, so I had already decided that I would go running solo today. So, I got up and took the dog for her walk, gave her breakfast, and headed out the door again.
The run today was pretty nice. I've stayed slow and steady post graduation and I've gotten to the point where I don't even get the slight cramping in my calves anymore during my runs. Not sure if that is due to the pace, form or just me getting better, but I'll take it. Today I ran a tiny bit faster than the last couple of times and that made my right calf feel a little tight in the last couple of minutes, but it wasn't too bad. I'm counting it as a good run either way.
I'm a bit miffed over the fact that it's me feeling too hot that keeps me from enjoying my runs most of the times. Before, it was the breathing or the legs, and those two I could do something about. But, this over-heating thing is just... blah! Is this a thing for someone else as well? Or is it just me? I do tend to run hot (not sweating, but actually have a higher core temperature) most of the time (since before I was even born, to be honest), so I guess it's not anything new, but it is annoying when I run. I often feel like I'm breathing both to get oxygen into me and using it as a way to cool down.
I tinkered with making a running track, similar to the one for week nine, with the times passed notifications today, but with some of my favorite music, that I will try out on my next run. I'll keep you posted on how it worked (the headphone jacket is broken on my phone, so I have to use my music player for music and podcasts). I tried running with just some music, but that didn't work for me. I was always wondering how far I had run and so on, and couldn't relax. Maybe that'll come with time too.
Now, weirdly enough when I hear "you're half way", I relax. It's like the last 13-14 minutes are easier than the first 15 (and then the last 1-2 minutes are way harder).
Whoa, that turned into a really long post, but I guess now you now what's been on my mind lately
Hope you all have a wonderful evening and happy running!