Spring Is Here: Take Two Steps Back
It’s an interesting title to use for a blog. Most people associate the arrival of spring as a step or two forward. There is a saying regarding daylight savings time: ‘fall back, spring ahead’. With the recent heatwave to hit the Minneapolis area (Hopkins specifically), I was hoping to start running outside.
Today brought 54 degree weather, sunny, and a small breeze. Today was the day that training outdoors for the half-marathon would begin.
I didn’t have a goal set for how long I would run, distance and time. My goal was to just get out and see how it felt to run against the wind, with the wind, not on a treadmill, and most importantly: how would my lungs feel.
I have run outdoors in the past, and have encountered the same issues when I start running outside: heavy lungs, dry mouth, a clearing of the nasal pasages.
Today was no different.
It has been since October since I had run outside; that was in different conditions and a different situation. Then, I was happy to finally be active after my wrist ordeal. Today; there is a goal motivating me.
I made it a mile before I had to stop. Not good for someone who has 13.1 to run on May 31.
- No side aches! I did not think this was possible. Maybe it has to do something with getting fresh air in the body.
- My legs felt good as they have throughout this process
- I was running outside and not on a treadmill; need more of that since the race is not indoors
- I did continue running after a 3 minute walk, about a half mile, until everything went south again
- My lungs were heavy; it felt like I had a two-pack-a-day habit
- The dry mouth was pretty poor; I kept hacking up a lung after a half-mile
- Running outside made me feel like everything I have done to this point was for nothing, hence the title of the blog
Today allowed me to realize that I am nowhere near where I need to be to achieve my goal on May 31. Sobriety a half-hearted adjustment on my diet, and a workout that I have not committed to 100% will only allow my doubters to be right, and that can not happen. That can not happen.
This is the wake up call I needed. The disappointing things here are that I allowed this to happen, allowed the doubters to feel that they finally got me and were right, that all the work I have done and steps I have taken forward have not been enough. I will not allow failure to happen.
Until next time.