It is amazing how a little cardio can lighten my mood. I took 5 days, FIVE WHOLE DAYS, off from exercise last week. This is the first time I have taken that many days off in over 2 years. I HATED IT! I just felt amazingly crappy and my lungs hurt like never before: I figured my body needed some down time to fully recover.
I had a chance to play on my new-to-me mountain bike. (I am sure he isn’t reading this, but THANK YOU! Matt for letting me borrow your Titus Moto-Lite this summer.) Ryan gave me a mini-beginner’s camp in our front yard. I would like to say I successfully completed Mountain Bike 101. Our neighbors already think we are crazy about bikes, so why not prove just how crazy we are, right?! The boys and I were riding around and under the pine trees, jumping off the driveway ledge and just having a blast. A blast, until there was a minor collision between the two boys and then screaming and tantrum ensued:( Which was a big sign from above that said, “Go on a run!”
Run, I did! It was the first time I ran in a week. I just did a quick 2 miles- averaging a 8:30 pace. It felt pretty good, minus the end when I coughed up a portion of my lung. Gross! Just one question: how can I not ride my bike for 5 months over the winter and be able to hop right on the saddle and feel like I didn’t miss a step (hills and wind not included)? Yet, one week off of running and I feel like I never ran a day in my life? Running is so wonderful and horrible at the same time. It really has no forgiveness. Hey running me, CUT ME SOME SLACK!
I have come to realize that in order to stay on track with running, I need to have defined goals. I am contemplating signing up for a half marathon at the end of August and maybe, just maybe, a full marathon by the end of the year. Training structure is good for me. It keeps me accountable.
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