I had a great Labor day weekend, even if it was shorter than I wanted it to be! On the plus side my boyfriend and I finished furniture shopping for his house (for now). Now the only thing left is to move in, and then decide he needs more furniture and we start the process again! I kid….but not really.
I took the entire long weekend off from running so on Tuesday I was excited to get back out there. I went in with high hopes. I was going to run five miles, I was feeling hopeful.
Then a couple things happened. I realized it was hot, really hot, and humid, really humid. Honestly, that was alright, I would just not worry about my speed at all and take it easy. Then when I got to the park I realized I had left my GPS watch at home. This was discouraging but actually ended up being a blessing in disguise.
I started off my run okay, but a few minutes in my legs were not feeling it and I was tired. I’m used to that first mile sucking sometimes so I told myself I had to push through before it would get better. I pushed a little past a mile, but then I started getting a cramp and I had to stop. I never get cramps anymore! The rest of the route was a combination of running and walking.
Once I finished the 2.5 mile loop it was starting to thunder and drizzle, which I was EXTREMELY grateful for because it gave me an excuse to not even try for the second loop and go home. The last thing I wanted to do was keep running. It was hot and muggy, the weather was becoming worse by the minute, my legs felt like lead, I was cramping, and I was generally feeling unmotivated to push myself. The only saving grace was that I didn’t have my GPS watch to compulsively check every five seconds while I ran.
Having a run like that always sucks. Especially when you go in with such high expectations. However, in the end it’s all about attitude and what you learn from it. (Like I learned is that I need to drink more water during the day if it’s going to be that hot!! Well, I already knew that but a reminder is always nice.) One bad run isn’t going to kill my progress, I’ll just run harder next time!
On another note, I’ve got my second grad school class tonight and access to the gym at my work/school building. I’m going to go check out the equipment and do some strength training between the two hours when I get off work and start class.
Also I realized last week, and then subsequently didn’t mention it, it has been 3 months since I started this blog! It’s crazy that it’s only been that long, and I’m so happy with the positive effects it’s had on my life!