Yesterday was the first time I was able to go for a run in over a week. It actually felt really good. I was even able to able to knock time off 30 seconds off the average of my last nine runs. I’d brag on the time, but it’s not anywhere near the time I should be running, but yet I’m rather proud that I’m getting better. The self-competitiveness within myself actually had me even more excited to hit the track today.
The first step was to make sure I was ready. Since I’m still having a few issues with my plantar fasciitis, I I slept in my sleep boot so that I wouldn’t have any issues getting up early and heading to the track. So, what do you do when nature throws you a curve ball and you wake up to torrential rain? You literally have two choices, well, three in fact.
The treadmill – If you have access to a gym or own a treadmill, you can take your run indoors. The concern I have with this is that I have done all of my running outside in the last few weeks. I had spent so much time training on a treadmill; it was really difficult to make the transition to outdoor running. I found that I was running very stiffly trying to maintain my “balance between the bars” even though I was in wide open space. My gait was different. I was actually able to run further when I got away from the displays telling me my time and distance. Running on a treadmill, it seemed like I automatically got tired when the numbers on the treadmill hit a certain point. I’m running much further and longer outside when I’m not tied to a display.
Run in the rain – I’m not too sure about this one. It’s not that I mind the rain, it’s just that I don’t think I’ve reached that point where I’m ready to run to inclement weather. Cold? Sure. Heat? I’m working on it. Rain, sleet, snow? I need to build up to it.
No run? I think this would actually hurt my feelings today, especially when I was so psyched to get out there and just “do it”! Well it’s early yet, perhaps the rain will stop. Looking out my window, I’m not seeing it, but I have no intention of putting my dreams on hold for today. Rain will not spoil my run!