I’m slowly getting my running back on track. I ran 9.2 flat miles last week over four runs. This week, I’ve run 9 miles so far over three runs. Two of the runs were around my very hilly neighborhood. I’ve been avoiding hills because my specific injury is exacerbated by running downhill. I felt fine, though, maybe a little tight, but definitely no pain. I’m hoping to run at least four miles this weekend, maybe five, in my “long” run. I’ll drive to the flats again, though, to lessen the impact on my leg. I think from the perspective of stress on my leg, three very hilly miles is at least equivalent to four, maybe five, flat miles.
I’m excited about getting into shape again, but getting up in the morning is BRUTAL. It’s so easy to make excuses. The important thing is form a habit. Once the habit is formed, it’ll get easier, right? But right now, temperatures are ideal, it’s not raining, and it’s light. In four to six weeks, it’s going to be cold, rainy and dark. Eek. Better not to think about it.
Goal-wise, I’m contemplating the Seattle half marathon. For obvious reasons – weather – there aren’t a lot of races in midwinter Seattle. The Seattle half is the only major race, and it is extremely hilly with over 1000 feet of elevation gain. Unfortunately, though, there aren’t any flat options with more than a hundred or so runners, and I like having company. I could give the long races a break and train for a 5K or a 10K, but I find the long distance motivating.
Having taken a few months off running, I’m seeing all the down-sides of starting again: less time, not just due to the time of running, but also because I’m more tired and need more sleep, even with a 3 mile run. The tiredness is really a big deal – I just want to relax and watch TV in the evening rather than knit or do other productive things, and I definitely need to go to bed earlier. They say running makes you energetic, but I have not seen any evidence of this.