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Winter sluggishness

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Well actually my winter sluggishness has been more about my blog than my actual running. Though to be honest I have been somewhat sluggish with running as well. A little improvement in the running and blogging categories would do me much good. Part of the running slowdown has had to do with my schedule and me not wanting to over do it. I think this is a good thing (not over doing it) until it becomes an impediment to actually getting a decent amount of running in. Tough balance. The schedule thing has been more of an issue. I don’t really like running on the days when I pay music as I get too tired to really be able to focus on the music. I am finding that I can run on days when I have rehearsals though it is hard (especially the Brownish Black rehearsal nights as I have a long bus ride home.) But it seems doable so I think I have checked off one of my excuses for not running (in theory anyway, now on to practice…)

Today I ran for the first time in 9 days (other excuses of cold rain have been in effect this week.) It felt good to get out there and move. I ran pretty slowly, but I had pretty solid energy for most of the run and kept adding more and more on. I ended up doing 7.5 miles and felt strong afterwards. We’ll see how I am doing later in the evening when the soreness sets in. I am sure I have some stretching in my future.

Running this time of year is good for strengthening the ankles as I keep finding myself having to adjust my footwork to avoid puddles and wet leaves. This makes for an interesting sort of random dance step routine!


Monday, November 21st, 2011

For some reason I am finding it particualrly tough to get into running this winter (yes I am calling it winter!) I am not sure if has more to do with my busy schedule or a general dislike of the cold wet. I thibk I am mostly ok with the weather and lack of light, but both probably play a part in how lazy I have been feeling about running.

I notice myself putting on weight after my summer trim down. You’d think this would inspire me to get moving again and perhaps it will. I am feeling more flabby than fat, but still that shoukd be enou to get me running again. I am sure it will and my music scheduke seems to be lightening a little bit. Still have a lot to do in at area and I don’t like to run on days I have rehearsal as (I have mentioned this in the past) I get fatigued and have trouble conentrating on the music. Perhaps I just need to adjust my runnign patterns and run shorter distances on rehearsal days. I guess I just have to deal with my dislike of gearing up for short distances.

A new pair of shoes might be good inspiration as well and I getting close to needing them. I suppose I should start combing ebay for two new(ish) pairs to cycle through. I am also considerign trying a new model/brand. I like my Aisacs Gel Kayanos well enough, but I am temped to get into the whole natural running and try one of the non-Vibram models. I am not a fan of teh Vibram foot shape, so perhaps I’ll try a pair of Newtons. We’ll see.

Winter running

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I keep kicking myself for not writing more this year, I guess I have just fallen out of the habit. Need to roll back into it. Especially now as I have been running quite a bit this winter, more than usual. Most of this has been due to my running partner who makes the runs fun and gives me reason to get up early and face the weather. She has been a fantastic influence. Her pace is slower than mine as well which has given me some sorely needed variety in my running, actually right now we have been doing so much running together that runs by myself be the ones giving me variety!

This week I put in 35 miles, the most I have put in in awhile. I would say my body feels great which it mostly does, but a 10.5 miler yesterday is forcing me to say differently! I am a little sore this morning and looking forward to a nice leisurely 5 miles today. But overall I am feeling great and getting over this cough thing which has been haunting me for several weeks now. It is still around a little, but nothing like before. Odd that I was able to run through it. I was a bit winded, but mostly felt pretty good. Both of us felt strong after our long run yesterday, it was pretty amazing. I think a lot of it had to do with proper hydration before and during, snacks during and good conversation.

I have taken on some pretty rugged runs this winter so far. Cold and wind has affected me less than in past years. I want to look back in my running journal for past winters to see how they compare. I should have four years of records to peek at. I did purchase a warmer shirt that has helped quite a bit, too warm a lot of the time, but perfect for those really cold days. Good thing to have in the closet.