Yesterday I went for my first run in over a week. Due to various project commitments and a mild back strain, I ended up taking more time off than I should. My goal is to run at least twice a week, but three would be preferred.
Anyway, back at it I went yesterday. Not gonna lie: it was not easy. Usually I run for 30 min and I find the first 10 min are awful, the middle 10 pretty awesome, and the last 10, hard but not painful. Yesterday? Pretty much every minute hurt. I kept looking at the clock (I was on a treadmill) and I swear it took 10 seconds for each second to pass.
My music playlist wasn’t stellar and I ended up switching songs more often than I should, disrupting the flow and generally making me pretty cranky. Note to self: tonight, fix playlist.
The first 10 minutes, as usual, hurt. I’m pretty slow to warm up, and I don’t think this is going to change anytime soon. I started at a speed of 5.5. At the 10 min mark, I upped it to 6.3. At the 20 min mark, I put it down to 6. And at the 25 min mark, it went back down to 5.5
The 10-20 min range was not good my friends. This is the time I usually am able to zone out and enjoy The Run. Nope, not yesterday. Yesterday it was all about “how many more minutes left?” and “why am I doing this to myself?”
Surprisingly, 20-30 min range wasn’t terrible. I find playing with speeds distracts me too.
Anyway, after 30 min, I had run 3 miles on the dot, which was 4.8K. Almost my goal…but not quite.
Things to work on before my next run:
- Better running playlist (open to suggestions!)
- Not taking so much time off in between runs (not helpful)