Yesterday I finally had a decent long run. 14 miles at an average 8:42 pace and felt strong all the way through.
I’ve been having mixed emotions about the regular addition of strength training into my running schedule. For one, it takes a good amount of time and, honestly, it’s not my favorite thing to do. I wish I were one of those people who loved lifting and crosstraining. While I enjoy yoga, I can’t say the rest of it thrills me much. And the Y has changed the yoga schedule for the summer such that it’s been hard for me to get in classes I like. The ones that do fit my schedule are with instructors that aren’t my favorite and/or the class is too difficult for my needs and level of yoga ability.
In other words, I don’t want to go.
But the biggest mixed feeling about strength training is that it has been tiring my legs out. Which is part of the point, working the under-utilized muscles. My trainer warned me that initially I’d likely find my running to feel slower as I worked my muscles differently and as I continued to rehab my injured hip. But he says that within a few weeks, I’d find myself feeling lighter and faster once my body adapted to the exercises.
Great. Except it’s no fun feeling like dead weight when I run.
I’m choosing to trust my trainer, but damn if it isn’t hard to slog through the exercises after a tiring run. Mostly I want to curl up with a burger and fries, not do lunges with weights. The other day I was supposed to do some shoulder mobility work on a stability ball with puny 3 lb. weights and I was too exhausted to cross the gym to get the weights and did the routine without. I felt so lame next to the girl doing alternating one arm handstands. I barely could roll the ball back where it belonged and slither into the locker room. Sad, middle-aged body.
Yesterday’s run was the first time I felt simultaneously pain free and less heavy. I won’t say it was a “great” run, but it was a major improvement. I hope it continues.
On tap this week is a hill repeat workout of 8×90 seconds at 5k speed on an incline of 6-10%. I’m fairly nervous about it because of my hip, but if it starts giving me any concern, I’ll stop. I’m mostly scared about the down hill, which is what wrecked my hip to begin with, so I may just do the workout on the treadmill instead so I can do the recovery on flat. Not ideal but perhaps the smarter choice.
We’re only a month away from our trip to England, and I’m very excited. I’ve also got two weekend trips before that, one to Connecticut and one to Lake Placid. It’ll be fun doing my training in new places. I can pretend I’m finishing the Ironman Lake Placid because in my head is the only way that will ever happen.
Anyone have suggestions for audiobooks for me to listen to when I train? I’ve been moving away from using my iPod during races, but for long runs I really like to listen to a good story.