Week 2 Day 5 has passed and the MODRUN is still going.
On Wednesday, I went for an easy 2 mile run. I took a different route in a residential area and ran around the trucks and construction crews doing what they do. I didn’t like the cones in the street and the trucks and all the dust, etc, so I made a mental note to not go down those streets for a little while. My goal was 2 miles in under 20 minutes but I slowed down with all the stuff that was going on and by the end of the run, I was a little disappointed that it had taken me 21 minutes for 2.18 miles. But I am trying not to focus so much on the time and just keep doing my streak.
I woke up early yesterday morning and went running at 7:00 a.m. I love the views in the city at 7 a.m, the kids walking to school and the pleasant crossing guards waiting to escort them across the streets, the trucks making deliveries, the people walking, almost racing, to the subways and to their cars, eager to get their days started. All that backdrop for my run.
Today, the training plan called for 30 to 40 minutes so I wanted to run without focusing on the distance and just keep running. 1 mile into the run, my left calf muscle started hurting. Not a sharp pain but pain nonetheless. I didn’t want to stop but I did, stretched my legs out on a light pole base and resumed. When I got to Central Park, I ran up the hill so I could get a little elevation and then turned around to head back home. By that time, I was a little winded from the hill and I took a walk break and then I realized. The muscle didn’t hurt when I ran but it hurt when I stopped and when I walked. So I ran all the way home and spent some time stretching and doing some yoga poses. By the time I was done with the stretching, the pain was gone.
So today I will get back to my running. Today should be long-run day but I don’t know what I can manage. I will head out, maybe use some music, take a gel with me and see how I feel.
Also, I am excited to attend the MORE Magazine Women’s Half Marathon Expo today. I am a little disappointed that I am not running the race but I will go and support the ladies in their event. The race is 2 laps of Central Park, a route I can run for free anyday anytime, but it just means so much more. I love the idea of a women’s only race. I went to an all-girls high school so I appreciate the value of the sisterhood and I really wanted to do this event but I’m not in race condition so I won’t push myself. But it made me think of this poster.
How often do you pay to run races on your regular running route?