Getting the spark back

I have to admit, I’ve really been struggling with my treadmill runs lately. I get them done, yes, but I am bored out of my mind! It doesn’t matter how kickass my playlist is or what I’m watching on TV. I’m constantly eyeing the clock, watching the miles tick away, wanting to run faster just to get it over and done with. NOT the kind of relationship I want to have with running. But these aren’t exactly the temps I want to be running outside in:

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Cely, however, is a freaking rockstar and runs in the Texas heat at night. Lady, you’re my damn hero!

Thankfully my long runs on the weekend can be done outside. Saturday morning I dragged myself out of bed at 5:30am (after sleeping through my 4:45 alarm) and got ready for my first outside run of training. My boyfriend, who despises running, agreed to go with me. I asked him jokingly at  first, and fully expected him to say no. Apparently he’s trying to get back in shape, so he jumped right out of bed after I did.

Another thing worth noting: this was my first music-less run. I nearly had a panic attack on Friday night when I realized I left my iPod at work. Thankfully I had someone to run with, and I think I may have liked that even better than music!

I planned on taking a walk break after each mile, but Brad’s knee was bothering him so we walked a bit more than that. 5 miles, 1:04 – I’ll take it! My shins were being little bitches, as usual. A huge thanks to Brian who offered some great advice on dealing with my shin splints! After tons of stretching, icing, and wine-ing I felt much better.

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Another week of marathon training is in the books. The trail run this weekend was just what I needed to rekindle the running fire inside of me. I can’t wait for next Saturday’s long run!

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10 Comments

  1. Yay for celebrating with wine 🙂 Sometimes when the clock is irritating me with at gm i’ll cover the clock up with my towel and just run (well for you run, but for me that means walk, bike, or elliptical!)

  2. YES! I always think about doing that, but never remember a towel.

  3. Whoa there with the high temps. Although I’m in Texas too and I find running in the evening much easier than in the morning. That might be me.

    Good job finishing another week!

  4. I have shin issues too… ugh. But, for the most part they’re doing fine and my 1/2 is this weekend! Icing, foam rolling, massage, and wine have helped my shins a ton. 🙂 And.. holy awful weather to run in! I’ve been stressing that my race this weekend was going to be sunny and have 60+ degree weather and I’m gonna sweat and blister like crazy. (I live in coastal Alaska and run right on the beach so I’m always nice and cool.) I should suck it up and remember that at least I don’t live in Texas anymore!

  5. I’m not sure I suggested the wine-ing, but that does work too!…at least for a while.

    • You’re right, you didn’t suggest the wine, but it’s a post-run necessity for me 🙂 I definitely appreciate the advice – I’m going to make an effort to shorten my stride and see if that helps. in addition to the regular stretching and icing. If done with no success, I’ll have to resort to drastic measures – sports doc :/

  6. My marathon training group does 1 min walks after every mile. Those can be a lifesaver!

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