I was up early but started an hour later than I intended. I took almost an hour getting ready for my long run. What the heck was I doing? I have no idea but I definitely need to be more organized for next week.
I knew it was going to be tough since it has been awhile that I did a long run off the treadmill. The weatherman was wrong (shocking!) and actually I had nice cool weather with no wind. I started off quite slow and brought my phone, letting my son know he may have to pick me up somewhere. Since I had my (crappy) cellphone cam, I snapped a few pics.
I love being back on the trails. I know some people who have never run outside. 100% of their runs are on the treadmill! I always ask them why and do they know what they are missing?
This was my first long run in awhile without my braces since they removed them Thursday. I now have retainers that I wear 24/7 except to eat and I was not sure how to do my Gu with them so took them out for this run. It felt very strange and by the time I finished my run, it felt like my teeth moved (doc I hope you are not reading this!). It is possible they did since I had some braces taken out 1 week earlier and one of those teeth moved so much in one week, they had to adjust my retainer. Well, what does this have to do with running? No braces means I am now back to eating 100% of my regular diet and I feel great!
I tried not to think about how slow I was going, knowing my training will pick up since I am back to doing my runs outdoors. The treadmill never keeps me in as good of shape and JAW SURGERY = TOO MUCH TREADMILL RUNNING. All of that is behind me now.
At about the 2/3 mark of my run, I texted my boys that I would be finishing the whole run and not need a drive. That is when I became acutely aware of how tight my hip flexors were and made a mental note to stretch them this week. Why can't I get serious about stretching? I think the treadmill shortens the hip flexors, no? I walked a bit and found a place to try stretching them out since it was starting to shorten my already short stride (short legs you know).
I glanced down at my Garmin (I was trying not to watch it during my run).
What is the great thing about a Garmin? It never lies! I love that when I am having a great run...but not so much when I am not. I have been running long enough to know that this has given me a good training effect nonetheless. 24 km later, I finished and felt empowered that I finished it even though I had thoughts that I wouldn't. That is so unlike me since I can crank out long runs anytime usually. It is generally the speedwork and hills that kill me. 24km is usually not even considered a long run for me.
My Garmin confirmed my sloowww pace but I will get it next time. All long runs are valuable and people tend to beat themselves up too much when they have a bad one.
Don't you just love this pic?
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