OK, so I haven’t been writing much on my running since I posted about doing the Hot Buttered Run way back in November. That is because, I haven’t done much running.
My running tappered off in December for two reasons. One: Christmas, I hand-made about 100 Christmas cards to send out, plus other hand-made gifts and crafty things. So the time when I would normally be running I was crafting instead. I was OK with that, I knew I wanted to get these items done and I didn’t want to give up time with my family. Two: a sinus infection. I started getting really bad headaches, like knock me out headaches. So when I would run the increase blood flow would cause tremendous pressure in my head, resulting in bad headaches. A week or so ago I finally went to the doctor and found out I had a bad infection in my left sinus.
I have run a few times, for short durations with mixed results. Sometimes my head would get worse, sometimes it would stay the same. What I did do though, was start walking. My work place is linked to another building via a sky bridge, that building is linked to two others via different sky bridges. So I can get a two-mile walk in during lunch with out going outside in the not so pleasant weather.
While walking has kept me active I am yearning for a run, a long run. (I am hoping to this weekend, 10 miles on Sunday!)
I have a race coming up in March, so I need to get some distance in before then. It also has a nasty hill, so I need to get some training in on hills too. I just can’t seem to set the incline on the treadmill when running, I always feel like I’m gonna fall off.
Last weekend we had unseasonably warm weather so my mom and I took the boys for 1.6 mile walk to a park. We had lunch and the kids played for a few hours. I can’t wait for spring. With the nice weather on Monday I thought I would go for a run at work, brought all my gear but my sports bra.
OK, next try Tuesday, I mapped out a 2 mile run on the trail and road around my work. I started out and it was colder than the day before and there was a slight mist. I didn’t mind at first but then my hands started to freeze. I thought the trail would be ok, since it hadn’t rained in a while, but I had never been on that trail.
It wasn’t fine. It was steep, narrow, muddy and slick. There were tons of switch backs where I had to slow way down so I didn’t fall. There were steep slippery slopes I had to walk up. I took a wrong turn and ended up adding two miles to my run. So while I felt great that I went out, it was not an enjoyable run. There were a few times it was nice, but over all not my best.
New plan: run on the road at work only. Part of the March race, the part with the hill, is basically at my work, so I can get some good training in. I will vary a two-five mile run during the day, depending on how much time I have. That way I know I won’t get lost.
Just. Keep. Running.
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