Last night I went out with my running group and worked up a good sweat. It had been a week since my last run and I was feeling it. Everything hurt from my toes to my hip to my heels and my lower back. I felt every step, every turn, every hill. And Tuesdays are always hilly days.
The group plan was a 5 mile run and I had also planned on this. But as I got going, I knew I’d have to edit the run a bit and cut it shorter. 5 miles in that heat and humidity along with my lack of running lately would spell disaster. So I went out, tackled the hills and made it a good 4 mile jaunt/walk.
But the whole time I ran, I couldn’t shake the thoughts in my mind. I was hoping the run would free me from the nagging thoughts that were tugging at me all weekend but that wouldn’t be the case. Instead I carried everything with me and felt it in every step. Instead of feeling light and carefree and happy to run, I felt slogged down, heavy, and grasping to finish.
It didn’t help that I’m just starting my new cycle so running isn’t just uncomfortable due to the heat but also what’s going on in my system didn’t help, either. Between the physical discomfort and the overabundance of thoughts, my run sucked. It was tiring, hot, overburdened and uncomfortable. I still managed to rake in 4 miles but it was slow going.
As for the plan I had set out on Saturday, I’ve kinda stuck to it and then again, I’ve kinda strayed from it, too. I didn’t get my run Saturday due to staying up past 1am with my sister-in-law talking. They were visiting from Spokane and were here till Monday. That meant my whole weekend was pretty off.
Sunday I did take a walk with the kids to the park and played soccer, but no swimming and no running either. I took my rest day Monday and ran last night, though I was a mile short. I’m walking at lunch today, going to get in about 2 miles then I’ll run again on Thursday. I hope by then my mind is clearer and my body will be up for the run.