I haven’t been running since the first snowfall. Not that I have completely given up on activity this winter, but it’s been sporadic. A bit of fat biking or cross-country skiing sprinkled throughout the winter, and that’s about it. I’m the first one to tell you I’ve been pretty lazy this winter. I’m okay with hibernating for the winter, I have no guilt over it but I’m feeling quite soft and ready to go.
Now that the snow is melting and the roads are clearing, I’m actually wanting to run again. I WANT to.
Spring is here!
Since my new phone has arrived (back in August) I’ve been keeping track of my steps per day and thanks to my forgetful nature I don’t always have my phone on me so it’s not entirely accurate. Either way, I want to get as close to 10,000 steps a day and I don’t always get there but I walk (not me pictured above) more now because I aim to get there. That doesn’t mean I’ve been running. I’ve been not running, in fact. I do fully understand that walking does not burn the same amount of calories as running but right now, when it’s icy and cold, walking around town seems to be my exercise lately.
Either I get good winter running shoes or I go to the gym. I think I might do better going to the gym, to be honest. I kind of miss my late night Vitality visits. Until that is figured out, I will keep trying to get to 10,000 steps.
Thank goodness for these cool mornings or I’m not sure I would go running at all. I guess we’ll find out if the temperatures start to increase beyond 21 degrees. I’m wondering what other people do in the middle of summer – do you run only in the morning or at night when it cools? Do you even get drained by the heat? As soon as that sunlight hits my skin I want to stop running. I go from full tank to RED LIGHT ALMOST EMPTY within seconds.
Let’s hope the mornings stay cool so I won’t have to invest in a cool misting fan head strap contraption.
During my quick run this morning I was thinking once again about why I run and why I don’t run more or more often. Three times a week I get on my running shoes and I go for 20-30 minutes and that includes my warm up and cool down. I do the same run, with little to no change and I come home and carry on with my day. People have told me about not progressing if I don’t add more time or push myself harder. I’ve heard about the adrenaline when you climb a hill and you reach the top. The rumours are probably true, I could become a great long distance runner if I tried. I could probably lose a bit of the baby weight I gained and still haven’t lost. But I love going for a quick run. I love getting sweaty for those 15-20 minutes and hopping in the shower. Once I’m out, I act like I just ran a marathon. I’ll then grab a couple sour patch kids, enjoy a cold beer on the back patio and put my feet up. I love it!
It’s hard to be okay with who you are when you have power houses as friends. I’m constantly reminding myself who I am and what I want to do with my time.
I wasn’t kicked out, that’s a little dramatic, but I was told my services weren’t needed anymore (the services that got me free gym access) so, therefore, I now have to pay, therefore, I will figure something else out. So I’ve resorted to videos in my basement and running on pavement because the trails have too much snow still. I’m running! That’s huge. I am running much better, albeit slower, than I was when running outdoors previously.
Just thought I’d let you know how I’m doing. I know you’re concerned and care for me. There you go!
When I broke my leg a year ago (minus one day) the surgeon informed that it will take 6-12 months to get back to where I was before I broke my leg. I thought he was crazy! A year? I’ve since heard a few stories of healing taking multiple years and I’m starting to think getting back to where I was before I broke my leg is going to be an impossibility. Do we ever go back to where we were before a break?
The good news is, I’m running again! I tried running on the treadmill a couple months ago and it resulted in some pretty uncomfortable limping and pain. If I’m not paying attention I can still limp but I ran for 10 minutes staying strong without a limp yesterday so I think I’m getting back on track. The other thing I noticed is when I run my ankle hurts a lot, and I’m thinking this might be a good thing. It’s pushing my ankle beyond what is comfortable, more than the other exercises I do. I’m also wondering if trail running would be better – the uneven ground would make my ankle work harder than a treadmill. I think it needs a little jostling around.
Some things to think about and experiment with. I honestly thought I’d be back to normal within 3 months of breaking my leg and ankle. This has been an eye opener.
“The Lone Wolf is a new trail running challenge in Fernie, BC. A simple, fun, looped race. But there’s a catch. Racers start together on the hour as a pack, needing to finish the loop within the hour. As when the next hour strikes, the race starts again, in the opposite direction. The goal? To complete as many loops as you can.
The course will be a beautiful, manageable, single track loop, with moderate elevation gain. Around the 7km mark, it will be easy enough to complete within the cutoff time for most, however pacing and tactics will come into play as the day goes on.
The loop will be washing-machine style – heading clockwise, then counterclockwise, then clockwise and so on. Racers need to make it back to base before the hour cutoff, and be ready to start the loop again, on the hour. If you miss the cutoff, you’re out and you remain in the den.
Race details, here: http://www.stagleaprunning.com/stag-leap-services/races/lone-wolf/.
Registration opening December 1st, 10AM: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=52780″