Post Run Report: January 13, 2017

file_000-78Last night’s run was unexpectedly long. Not because I got lost or anything like that, but because as I ran, I decided that I wanted to keep running. It wasn’t because I felt so great, either. Quite the opposite, in fact. My legs felt a bit like I was running in wet cement or deep sand, and I was kind of upset about it. That led me to running slower than normal so I decided, “Okay body, if you want to play this game with me, I’m going to play one with you!” That’s how I ended up running over five miles last night.

In the end, the pace wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t blazing fast, either. Considering it was a five mile run, I’m okay with the slightly slower pace. I never stopped, and wasn’t in any pain. I had the occasional aches in my legs, but it was what I was taught in the Marines as “Good pain” which is the muscles working.

As for the nipples, I think they are hardening up to the runs. Only the right one was aching the tiniest bit. The left one was a total trooper and wasn’t sensitive at all.

One new thing that happened during this run: I listened to slower music. The xx┬áreleased their new album today, and I listened to it in its entirety. It’s slower paced music, and I think it actually effected my run by slowing me down. Rammstein makes me run a whole heck of a lot faster! Then, when the album was complete, it didn’t loop to start again and I ended up running the last mile and a half without music. It was weird. I haven’t done that since I was on active duty. It wasn’t bad, but I definitely prefer listening to music or podcasts while I run. It helps keep my mind busy.

It was a good run after all was said and done, and now I’ll be letting my body rest for the weekend before getting back to it on Monday. I may do a short run on Sunday, like a one mile or one and a half mile run, but I haven’t really decided yet. It all depends on how I feel on Sunday.

Run Report: January 11th

file_000-77Last night’s run was actually pretty decent. I set out with a good pace and was able to keep it up pretty much the entire run. It wasn’t my fastest time, but I only missed that by a few seconds each mile. The more important part to me is that I felt good through the run, and near the end, my legs felt completely invisible. What I mean by that is that I didn’t feel them: no pain, no burning, or anything at all. It was like I was gliding along the sidewalk.

The distance was 3.55 miles and my pace was <10 minutes which is my current goal. As long as I can get an average below 10 minutes/mile, I’m happy. The next goal is to keep each half mile split under 10 minutes. I had two half mile splits that went over 10 minutes by 11 seconds; I will work that down.

Paleo and Running

file_000-71These two things are not friends with each other. For distance runners, they’re almost at-odds with one another. As a light runner, I don’t have issues, but I know others who long distance runners whose bodies need carbs while running have a hard time doing Paleo.

I don’t do the long distance stuff, so I won’t comment about that other than to say that I have read about Paleo people who do distance running, and while it’s a challenge, it’s do-able. I will talk about my own experience: running for fitness.

I run 5 miles or less typically every other day. On the days that I run, I do allow myself a little more food for breakfast, typically a piece of Paleo banana bread or maybe an extra slice of bacon. I find that my running doesn’t otherwise tax me otherwise. I don’t get hungrier, nor do I feel any other sort of discomfort.

Eating Paleo for someone like me doesn’t seem to have any detrimental effect on my running or my ability to keep running. The food fills me up and fuels me sufficiently to keep running. Since I’m only out running for 30-45 minutes at a time, my body doesn’t run out of fuel. At no point do I feel like I’m going to crash. I’ve never felt light-headed.

As far as water goes, I don’t drink before or during a run. Again, my runs are short, and the water fetish Americans have with hydration is really based more on marketing and less on real science. I don’t “re-hydrate” after a run, either. I drink normally at breakfast or dinner, whichever meal comes after my run. Again, I have experience no negative effects from this.

For someone who runs like I do, 3-5 miles every other day, Paleo is very doable. For someone who runs more often or longer distances, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t have first-hand experience with that, and I don’t want to lead you down the wrong path. If you do find out, though, let me know. I’d be interested to find out from someone who is Paleo and is doing long distance running.

Some Days I Don’t Want to Run

It’s weird. I have found that I enjoy running, yet there are days I really don’t want to do it. The reasons can range anywhere from, “I’m just not feeling it,” to “My knee has some pain in it that I don’t want to exacerbate.” Today, I’m just not feeling it.

But I’ll do it.

I feel horrible if I don’t run now. I’ve developed the habit of running, and I do enjoy how I feel after a run. The day after a run is even better: my legs feel strong, I feel vibrant, and physically able to tackle anything. Also, as much as I’m not feeling it today, as soon as I get done with my push-ups (I’m up to 60 pre-run push ups now), I’m ready to go. I usually decide on a minimum of 3 to 3.5 miles, and depending on how I feel at mile 2, I may go for an extra half or even mile and a half. My longest run to-date has been 5.23 miles, and while I don’t do that often, it’s a new benchmark for me to pass up at some point.

But probably not today.

I’ll likely do my 3.53 mile course and be happy with that. The weather is a little warm today so I’m going to wait until it gets dark before I hit the road. Then, when I get back, I’ll shower and eat dinner. Tonight is lobster night. I think it’ll be a good celebratory meal after getting out there and getting it done even when I didn’t feel like it.

Update: I did run. It ended up being 3.53 miles (as I predicted) and I felt great running today. As a matter of fact, it was probably my best run since I got sick back in early December and couldn’t run for nearly two weeks. Even though I was able to get back into running after being out of it for those two weeks, it’s taken me nearly a month before I was able to really feel good on a run. I’m glad that the good feeling is coming back. It makes my runs so much more enjoyable!

file_000-74