I am paying for the sins of Saturday’s run. Man, it was a blast and I don’t really regret any of it – but apparently all that climbing up and then just letting loose and flying down the last few miles was more than my body was prepared to do. I’ve been so sore the past two days that the kids are calling me “Weeble Wobble Mommy” since I sort of wobble around the house saying “Ouch! Ouch” right now. Don’t even get me started on how I’m doing on the stairs.
So, though I really wanted to get out and run 3.1 miles yesterday as my recovery run – so I’d have a nice even 40 for last week — my loving (much brighter) husband encouraged me to instead put my sore legs up and watch a few episodes of LOST with him instead. I think he was right. I think yesterday was a good day to rest — but I’m determined to see that nice even 40 for this weeks’ total mileage — so here we go again.
Today’s recovery run was very slow-going at first. It’s amazing how tight those muscles get when they’re pushed a bit more on a previous workout. I didn’t let it bother me, though. I just let my legs do what they needed – at whatever pace that was. Gradually, about half a mile in, they started to loosen up a little bit. I relaxed, enjoying the thud, thud, thudding of my shoes on the soft dirt path along the canal. I ran by the college, took a quick u-turn when I realized a worker in a huge lawn mower was heading my way (who wants to get yelled at first thing on a Monday? Not me!) and then headed towards the elementary school.
There’s a change in the air. It’s still hot out there – but I could really sense that fall is coming and it made me smile. I was born in the fall, so maybe that’s why it’s one of my favorite seasons. It’s also my favorite season for racing – so I’m getting very excited to see the days inching their way to pumpkin patches, golden leaves and long sleeved running tops again.
I found a dime on the run today! This time it was near a field of sunflowers. They were so beautiful that I couldn’t help but smile. My stride eased up with each mile and by the time my run was over – just at 5 miles — I felt a lot more like my old self again.
Happy Running this week, my friends! May you all find coins and sunflowers in your miles as well.
Stats: 5.01 miles. 11:48 ave pace. Time: 59:09. 75 degrees. 31% humidity. 5 mph winds. Hot. Slow, creaky, recovery run.