A Frustrating Little Issue

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?


  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I always have a water bottle with my throughout the day but Im not always good about drinking from it. Ive started making sure I have a full glass of water first thing in the morning before I even drink coffee. Nice job with your run- glad your legs are feeling strong!
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  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    This is such great news!!!! πŸ™‚ Lifting is so good for running. Right after I started lifting lower body was when I got most of my PRs. It works!
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  3. Biby Chacon

    I always keep a water bottle with me through out the day and make it a goal to fill it up at least 4 times (bottle is a 32 oz.). I haven’t done much weight lifting but I’m doing more strength training, which I’ve noticed has really helped me with my running!

  4. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    Such a great, positive post! I’m so happy for you and your journey to recovery. I pretty much only drink water all day, other than an iced coffee usually in the AM. I don’t drink soda, but I love ice cold water. I don’t keep track of how much I drink, but I think I’m doing a pretty good job at hydrating!
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  5. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I am also dealing with regulating my running pace! It’s so hard. My body wants to just…do its thing. And the walk breaks trick my body/mind into thinking I can keeping pushing that fast! I need to be better about keeping my paces eeeaaaaasy during my run intervals.
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  6. Laurie

    I believe that lifting has definitely improved my running. I started doing a Body Pump class 2 – 3 times/week. I love the class! I know that I don’t drink enough water, though. Gotta work on that. Good luck half marathon training!

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