Saturday, March 30, 2013

Slower Start Than Expected


Third week in and it’s certainly not getting any easier. First I avoid the snow from last week and run this week being completely out of shape. Now I've apparently forgotten that school work picks up end of March to mid-April, making it twice as hard to get the time to run because I need to invest all my time into studying.

This week I managed a run on Sunday and Wednesday. Both were just awful. Temperature-wise, it was exactly where I could hope around this time. Those days were upper 40’s with just a slight wind, so a short-sleeve was acceptable. I tried to get a Friday run in, where it was 55, sunny, just a light breeze, but NOPE. School was calling me on a Friday. Had an assignment due online that Friday and had invested from 3pm-7pm working on it. After it was over, it was dark outside and I was just flamed out from the work I had to do.

Bunch of exams and projects due within the next two weeks and I will not be a happy camper. Definitely going to try and start a run tomorrow, because the week will just be too unpredictable to determine whether or not I have the time to run or not. I’m feeling the pain from old injuries, only because I haven’t had the time to strengthen them so all the progress probably got undone. I definitely will have to work on that.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Snow Is A No Go

Blizzard 10:04

I used to be able to tough out runs that are cold and where snow is all over the roads, but it’s seriously a demoralizing feeling when you have those elements. I really wanted to keep my second week of running really good, but with that snowstorm that came on Tuesday, everything just went crap. I mean sure, the sun came back the next day, but I just wasn’t having it. It was still windy and cold and the snow is just an obstruction.

If I was healthy and in moderate shape, I would have gone out in the cold and done a good run. Since I am in the recovery stage, I decided to opt out of it. I want to be able to get the muscles nice and warm without having to do too much extra stuff. The cold would just require me to do too a little too much to get warmed up properly. It would take up too much time; time that I don’t have because of how much schoolwork I have to deal with every day. I got one run in on Monday, a nice, easy 10 minutes with death on the uphill I had to go through in the last two minutes. I definitely don’t have the endurance I want yet, but so far consistency has been the goal and I feel as if I have done that.

Week 3 will begin tomorrow and I will get a run in Sunday. Since it seems more snow is on the way Monday, I will have to start the week off earlier.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Back With a New Focus

It’s been a long time coming, but I think I’m finally ready to bring this blog back to life and bring a whole new focus to it.

My blog basically consisted of many different topics over the past few years, but it’s time to just narrow it down to one thing. I’ve decided to have my blog focus solely on my running. People have probably thought that’s what the blog was all about the whole time, but seriously, take a look at my old posts and you’ll see that it hasn’t always been that way.

I want to change the focus because I need something that will keep me motivated to continue running. I’ve had to deal with and still have to deal with different injuries over the past few years and let me say that it has been a tough journey to come back and even run to stay in shape. It’d be nice to compete in a road race every once in a while, but that will never happen unless I get some nice, consistent, injury-free running.

I took this spring break to start a new schedule. I want to start running 3 days a week for about 10 minutes at a nice easy pace, but on the runs focus on the form and the way my foot lands on the ground. Before a run I’ll implement drills that get the muscles warmed up and stretched so that I have a full range of motion without any pain. After the run, focus on the core and strengthen old injury areas so that pain doesn’t return.

It’ll be a very slow process, but I’m feeling confident that something good will come out of it. I enjoy running and I like to stay in shape, especially during the school year, where it’s very hard to get workouts in because of classes and homework. The goal is to keep this blog updated every week with running progress or running information. It’d be like, a really good thing.