After a 3 month hiatus, I finally laced up the running shoes once again. When I blogged on Sunday about what was on my agenda for the week, I knew that I wanted to go for a run at some point this week. I just didn’t know when that would be. As I left the gym last night, Michael made a comment about me going for a run the next day. I think it kind of took me by surprise, but I grabbed hold of it and held it tightly against my chest all the way home. I continued to hold onto it while I finished off my kettle bell swings. When my husband finally got home, we quickly caught up on each other’s day and training sessions, and it took a lot of effort on my part to keep my feet on the floor. I was suddenly so excited and alive that I wasn’t sure I would be able to get to sleep on time. I was stoked about finishing the kettle bell challenge, my squats, and the likelihood of going for a run after work the next day.
That excitement has been with me all day long! The work day was excellent, possibly in part because I couldn’t wait to go for that run. There was definitely a bounce in my step, despite the knee pain every time I had to squat or kneel down. Stupid little aches and pains!
Then finally the work day was over. I forced myself to take the time to mail a parcel before scurrying home to change into running clothes. The last time I went for a run I wore shorts and a t-shirt, but the weather is not quite as warm now. I actually had to rummage through a drawer to find my running tights and the wrap to keep my ears warm. Next I had to remember where I had left the earbuds for my iphone, since I really only use them when I run. I had to dig out my running shoes, because they haven’t been worn in 3 months either. Did it ever feel good to put my running shoes on!
As I walked out the door and down the street to my starting position, I couldn’t help but skip a few steps. I was so unbelievably excited! Honestly, words just cannot express how elated I felt. Obviously though, I’m a little rusty with the whole pre-run routine, because I forgot to put on some lip balm (my lips get dry quickly), I forgot to put a Kleenex in my pocket (because at some point my nose will run), and I forgot to grab a piece of gum (because my throat gets dry, too).
This was going to be a short run, 2 kilometres. I just hoped that I’d be able to run as much of that as possible. My chiropractor and trainer have both assured me that my conditioning would be just fine, but I wasn’t so easily convinced. Not completely. So I started running at an easy, comfortable pace, hoping for the best. There were some moments of panic as I felt minor aches and twinges in muscles that haven’t felt such things for a while, but I think they are just a little rusty and will be fine. The aches and twinges didn’t stay in one place long, so I don’t think I need to worry about them.
The first 100 metres or so felt pretty good, but then I suddenly felt the burn in my lungs. It wasn’t too bad, but I was sure that my conditioning was shot to pieces. I kept going, determined to at least make it one kilometre without stopping. The funny thing is, that by the time I reached the first kilometre, my lungs weren’t as close to dying as I had thought they were. Not only that but my legs were feeling rather good, too. I do have to say that my hip began to make its’ presence known just slightly around the 1K mark, but it wasn’t too bad. I don’t think it was any more bothered than it is after several sets of squats, but I suppose time will tell. There was a brief 20 second wait for a traffic light, but I ran the entire 2.2 kilometres! And it felt great! I wanted to keep going, at least a little further, but I decided to be prudent and not overdo it right away.
So, Ben and Michael…you were both right! I guess my conditioning is still okay, although I highly doubt that I could do a longer run right now with the same pace that I could in the summer. It will get there though…eventually. Maybe. I guess that will depend on how much running I am permitted to do once we start focused training for my next powerlifting competition!