I knew I had a long day ahead of me with a long meeting and wanted a short workout to start my day fresh. I did another workout from The Firm Express, this one was pure cardio.
Total time: 21 minutes.
This was a tough one, lots of rain and a brutal wind that made it look like I was standing still sometimes and it slowed me down. Luckily it wasn’t cold. Not the fastest or best run ever but always look on the bright side: I did it.
Weather:rain, strong wind, 10C (50 degrees)
Distance: 6.4 K / 4 miles
Average time: 7:07 /km
Average speed: 8.4 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Robbie Williams – Trippin’
First time for a Jillian workout of the DVD Killer Buns & Thighs (level 1). What I noticed is how much stronger my legs are than my upper body. Where at upper body exercises I often have to adapt the exercise, this workout I could do all the exercises because it was all focussed on the lower body.
Total time: 40 minutes.
An unexpected rest day. I got up in time and got dressed in my running clothes. I went outside and walked to my starting point. That’s when I started noticing the roads were icy. I walked a little further but I slipped away a few times. As I don’t run on icy roads because I’m too afraid to fall and get injured I turned around and headed home.
This run sucked big time, period!
Weather:dry, not much wind, 2C (35 degrees)
Distance: 2.8 K / 1.7 miles
Average time: 7:39 /km
Average speed: 7.8 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Glee Cast – Total eclipse of the heart
I had such a bad run this morning and since I’m not happy with my runs the past couple of months, I seriously thought about quitting running. This run gave me such a bad mood for almost the entire day and quitting seemed the easy way out. It took 3 sweet guys at work, who all run, to convince me I shouldn’t give up.
I’m rocking my workouts this month so far, I hardly skip workouts and if I do it’s always a run because I dread most of the runs. I’m losing my joy in running. I had about 2 runs that went okay this month, most other runs sucked. I also noticed I’ve lost the base I build in the first half year of last year. I’m slower and I can’t run longer than 20 minutes without walking. What to do?
Give up running? This morning I said yes but at the end of this day: no way!
That leaves adjusting my plan. I’m going back to run-walk-run starting with a 5:1 ratio and build that up. I have to experiment if I can add a minute after every run or after 2 runs or more. I’m going to be flexible. My goal is to get back at running straight for 1 hour which I could last year and get faster. I don’t have to win a race, after all I’m 43, but right now I’m too slow. At the pace I’m running now I’m always going to be one of the last to finish. In Holland runners that run races are fast. It will be nice to finish somewhere in the middle.
But the most important thing I want to achieve is that I look forward to a run again instead of dreading it. For now I’m not giving up, I have to be able to rebuild my running base and have fun again.
Wish me luck, I will need it.