Hey there! How’s it going? Yesterday was my Monday and the day felt like it flew by. One minute I was working and munching away on the most delicious pineapple and the next minute it was time to head out for a run!
You see Cecil up there reminding me to drink my water? I used to drink water all day religiously because I knew I would be running in the south florida heat for 60+ minutes in the evening. Somewhere along the way last year I got out of the habit of drinking water all day… but I need to get back into it!
My run was simultaneously REALLY freakin good and also frustrating.
The good part was that my legs felt great and for the first time I felt a little bit like my old running self. I stuck to 2:1 run/walk intervals and made it 1.5 miles without my calves feeling sore.
I told myself when I started this run that I would take it super easy to make sure I would get to 1.5 miles. That was my goal and I was going to stick to it. Until I looked down and realized I wasn’t sticking to it at all, my legs were running in the 10:30 pace range which is way too fast for me, always, but especially right now.
I kept having to remind myself to slow down… which was easy to do because I would get out of breath really fast going at 10:30 pace.
All of the leg day lifting seems to have made my legs super strong and they want to RUN but my poor little heart and lungs are lagging behind.
I finished at 14:17 average run/walk pace. I should have clocked in at ~14:30 pace, so I wasn’t far off, but if it weren’t for being out of breath I would have finished much faster. That gives me hope that as my cardio fitness increases my pace will also quickly improve.
Honestly I hadn’t really thought about how lifting heavy would impact my running abilities, but I can see that it’s going to help a lot. My legs feel so strong and powerful while I’m out there now. I’m telling you, if the rest of my body could have kept up, my legs would have CRUSHED that run!
It’s frustrating to think about but I just have to remind myself the time will come when all of the hard work lifting and increasing my endurance will come together… hopefully on a magical race day :).
I am now sooooooooo excited for the months ahead and to train for a half marathon this fall!!!
Are you good about drinking water throughout the day?
Has lifting improved your running capabilities?