There are a couple things to talk about this week with running. Most of them good.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, the wind sucks. It seems no runner likes the wind. We're no exception. This was the downside to this week. Dealing with stupid mother nature. However, the week definitely improved.
On Thursday, T and I ventured out for a 5 mile run together. This isn't the first time I have done a 5 miler this year; but it's the first one we've done together. It was not an easy 5 mile run, as no run is in Colorado. It was kind of toasty out, our first mile is pretty much all uphill, as was the last 1/2 of the run. We still trucked in with an 11:01 mile pace, which seems slow, but keep in mind we were looking for anything positive on that run. And there were many things that went well! Neither of us were hurt, neither one of us walked, and we both were just proud we finished that run.
Fast forward to yesterday. I ran a 4.12 mile loop that has given me lots of issues. I had recently e-mailed my friend, Dr. J over at Calorie Lab asking him about muscle fatigue while I was running. I basically explained that anything over 3 miles gives me major issues. Because it has been lately. As I explained to him, it's not the lungs that give me the issues, it's the muscles. Dr. J offered his insight, which included the surface I have been running on being too hard (mostly concrete), hitting my foot on the heel rather than midsole, and icing said areas when they are sore. I have been really focusing on hitting midsole lately, as well as just trying to put in more miles to get my muscles used to the pounding. And it's working! I got back from the 4.12 mile run and was surprised at my time.
I'm really starting to feel good running again. It's taken awhile, but just in time for our first race of the season, the Cherry Creek Sneak. This year, T and I are stepping it up to the 5 mile portion. Go us!
Also, a shout out to our friend over at Run, Lindsey Ann, Run for completing her first 5 mile run of the season. The girl is doing well; let's hear it for her!
By the way, in case you are wondering, I am in a good mood. I interviewed at Republic on Friday, the airline that cut Lynx for a preferential pilot position. And I got it. I'm just waiting now for a ground school slot. Even if I am waiting for a bit, it's ok. There's peace of mind. It's just relieving to know that I will continue my employment.