I have not had an easy time getting back up to speed with my marathon training/ running since being sick.
Heat and humidity make it harder.
I have also rekindled my love/hate relationship with my treadmill and for a few days have not been on speaking terms. It may call, but I’m not answering and today…I showed it by running my 3 miles outside for the first time in a couple of weeks (and as you can see I have the red face to prove it).
Yes I know, my treadmill stood by me while I trained for my first half marathon. Used it a lot due to snow and ice outside. However, when I got back out on the road, it was harder. I became accustomed to the belt pulling my feet along. The steady and even strides, etc. The road is different. I think the treadmill (as my Mom would say) made me soft. It is better than running in place though. (I read recently where one runner ran in his bath tub with dirty clothes under foot to create resistance. That is extreme).
So, with that, I’m breaking it off. We had our good times and bad times; Our ups and downs. We said some things we didn’t mean – especially when the speed showed 4.5 mph and I know I was running 6.5 mph (or felt like it anyway). I didn’t really mean it when I said I was putting it up for sale on Craigslist. Lost my head. It can stay – I’ll go (outside that is).
Today’s running mantra…never give up!
Tomorrow 4 miles – in my pool. I’m going to try this to see if I can build muscles back up with resistance of water running. This will help guard against injury and after watching the 2012 London Olympics, I’m even more inspired to try it out.