Wow, I can't believe how fast April is going. I really thought April would drag on because we have no Holidays or long weekends this year, but surprisingly it is just whizzing by. Also, since our March was SO windy here, I thought April would bring us lots of showers. We had a few days of rain but I think that is behind us and the warm weather has definitely approached!
I haven't done any real running since the April Fools Race we did the first weekend of the month. That's understandable since I don't have any races in the near future that I need to be training for and I 've been having that foot pain from a pair of dress shoes I wore a few weeks back. I thought I would have been over that by now but I figured a few more days of rest wouldn't hurt. However,
I have been keeping up with my stretches, walking, and riding bike ( I got in 10 bike miles this week).
I did get out this Saturday because the weather was just WAY too nice not to. I was suppose to meet someone at the trail to run but there was some miscommunication and they did not come. I was already at the trail anyway and I had some new music on my ipod I was eager to listen to so I just decided that I would run by myself. I figured I'd do my usual 4 miles.
As I set out, I already could tell I was WAY over dressed. I had shorts on and my Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge shirt but really should have worn a tank top. Our weather here got really hot, really fast! My plan was to run two miles up and two miles back without stopping.
Right before mile 2 I JUST HAD to stop and re-lace part of my shoes. The tightness was just killing my feet. I didn't end up stopping my Garmin while I was doing this because quite honestly I didn't know if I was going to be able to run the two miles back anyway and figured my time would already be shot.
But as I made it to the two mile turn around point and started running the other way, there was a breeze blowing and that cooled things down a bit. Okay, I got this I thought. Dang, I should have stopped my Garmin when I stopped to fiddle with my shoes earlier. So I try to pick up speed to make up some time. At this point I could not deny how bad my feet were hurting. It apparently wasn't the laces that were giving me pain, It was that same foot problem from the dress shoes. My "run all the way" turned into a "run-walk", which then turned into a "walk the entire last mile".
Normally I would have just pushed through the run so I could have a decent time to record on my training log, but this time I thought. "what's the point". If I don't want to record this run I don't have to. Not all runs are about how fast or how far you go. Some are just about getting out there in the beautiful weather and enjoying your music. Apparently that's what this run was about for me! -M