If the weather is nice enough, I’ll run today

So far, the knee is holding up. Ironically, it’s the left knee that is giving me some pain today due to some of the limping I was doing Sunday, but I think it’ll go away after a few steps of running. If the weather isn’t stormy after work today, I will run. I’m going to push myself to go easy. I know that’s sort of an oxymoron, but it’s going to be hard to hold myself back. I want to take it easy and have a gentle 3-mile run. Sherry says it should be 2 miles, but 3 is my minimum. I’ll try to stick to a 10 minute (or slower) mile.

Well, unless there is no pain at all. If that’s the case, I’m going for it. I have made too much progress to give any of that back.

Not looking forward to it today…

I think every runner goes through those days when you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, your muscles are still sore from the last run, the weather will be hot and muggy, and you just don’t feel up for a run. That’s how I’m feeling right now.

I know I will get home, I’ll change out of my work clothes and into my running clothes, and I’ll get it done. Why? Because the thought of not running is worse to me than any discomfort while running. It’s become something that I put a priority on in my life. I will give up my comfort to run.

I will do a light run today, though. On my last run on Monday, I planned on doing a light run and while the pace was slow, I ended up going over 4.3 miles. This time, I will aim for right at 3 at an easy pace. I still have more muscle pain than I think I should be having due to pushing too hard last week. I’ll still go for 80+ push ups since my arms have been taken care of pretty well with the slow increase in numbers over the past few months.

Do you ever have those days when you just don’t feel like running but push through it anyway?

Getting ready for the early evening run

Weather in Houston has been cool lately, so my late afternoon/early evening runs are typically very nice. I’ve been fortunate that the weather has been cooler because I know what’s coming soon: hot weather. That will force me to change my run times to early mornings before work.

I prefer running after work because it allows for me to run longer and/or slower if I feel like it without it impacting the rest of my day. I don’t like to go to bed too early, and I don’t like waking up too early. I typically give myself an hour before I have to leave for work to wake up, get dressed, run, cool down, shower, get dressed for work, make breakfast, and eat breakfast. If I keep my run to 30-35 minutes, I actually can make it work. It’s hectic, but doable. If I’m running and I feel great and want to run longer, I can’t. I have a schedule to keep, and I have to cut it short and head in.

Maybe I have to learn to run in the heat. I did it in the dessert as a young guy and I’m sure I can get used to it again. I just don’t like it so much. It makes for slower and much sweatier runs that feel more draining (because they literally cause more stress on the body, so they are more stressful overall).

With all that said, I’m looking forward to an easy run tonight. I may go for another 4+ mile run like I did on Wednesday. I’m looking to start upping my distances while maintaining the 9:30 average speed. I know I can do sub-9’s when I need to (like my upcoming PRT) and from everything I’ve been reading, the distance running is where it’s at to build stamina and muscle. I try to throw some sprints in every now and then, but I’m not on any serious program for it. I feel like I’m still in a building mode, and I’m not quite there yet.

I’m hoping for the 70-80 push ups tonight; we’ll see where that goes. I look forward to posting my post-run report here soon.