Okay it is a day later, I have my legs back as well as some energy. My long run yesterday was good for many reasons. Mostly for building my confidence, but also for getting a real feel for my pace and gaining an appreciation for running outside.
Up yesterdays 22 km, the longest run was the half-marathon I ran a few years ago. To be honest I did have to walk up a hill on that one, and to be brutally honest I might have carried that walk over the hill and down the other side. So running and not having to walk despite the ups and downs of running to UPEI from Cornwall was great.
All winter I have been running on an indoor track at UPEI, this is not awesome. First you have deal with the geriatric walkers, then the short track. The other issue is that you do not get the exposure to the changing terrain. When you start running outdoors you feel like a hampster let out of the cage.
Another issue I am looking at is the weight factor. I am looking to lose wight through the training. I have been doing well, however, recently I am finding myself going through feast and famine with my appetite. My water intake had been very good but has been dropping off, this is the only thing I can think of for the swing. So starting tonight I am making an active effort to drink at least two water jugs a day.
So what is my running looking like this week? Well I have a 10 km run tomorrow, followed by a run on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday working up to a 28 km run on Sunday. It took me awhile to regain my breath after reading that. As I have been training I have not been reading too far ahead on the training schedule, really to make sure I don’t get discouraged. After reading of my impending doom, I mean next Sunday run, I did take a peak at the following Sunday to see if I would survive it and was pleasantly surprised to see that I will only be running 10 km! I have a feeling this is a calm before a very large storm so was too scared to look at the following week.