Finally, I got a good run in! Actually, I got 2 in. Honestly, it has probably been since my half-marathon, over two months ago, that I had a good run. It was less that two weeks after Vegas that I broke my wrist and kept me out of the running game for a while.
As I’ve already said, I’ve been mostly sticking to the elliptical and stationary bike at the gym, but have been doing a little treadmill now that my cast is off. Last week I mentioned how much harder it is the run outside when you’re used to running inside, but I gave it another go this weekend. I had to work Saturday and wasn’t able to make it out, but I set my day up on Sunday to have enough time for a good run.
It was a beautiful day outside, but still pretty chilly (I think at it warmest it got up to 49-degrees). From the get-go, I knew I wanted to make it for as long as I have been running in the gym, which is about 45 minutes. Once I felt that I was in a good stride, I decided to go to the end of the street I was running. I’ve never run all the way to the end of that street, so I wasn’t even sure how far it would be.
The first 25 minutes and 2 miles was great. I was keeping about an 11:30 pace, which is typical for me and actually pretty good considering I had gotten so far out of my training due to my arm. But about the time I got to the turnaround, I started getting a cramp around my stoma that slowed me up. I kept up a steady walk, but dropped to a much slower pace. I ended up finishing just over 4.2 miles in under 55 minutes. I know some of you out there are thinking that’s horrible timing, but it wasn’t the actual time that I am proud of. It’s that I kept up a good pace for a decent part of the run and I didn’t feel out of breath or exhausted. It was really the cramps that slowed me down, but I still felt good by the time I finished.
I ran again this morning and, due to some unexpected issues, I had to cut my run short, so I got in a quick 2 miles. But I kept up an 11-minute pace for that. The official training for my next half starts in less than three weeks and now I’m feeling much more prepared. Hopefully this year I’ll be able to focus more on increasing my speed and run for a PR (personal record).