Summer, I have decided, is not a running season – at least for me.
Yesterday I had a run where I had to constantly remind myself why I am doing this. Some days are wonderful and it feel like I can run a thousand miles. No runs this week have been wonderful to me.
I hesitate here because I don’t want to sound like I am complaining on this blog. I write it for me to remind myself from where I have come and where I hope to go. FYI, I come from a 5’9″ 278 pound man and I hope to qualify for the Boston Marathon this September (i.e.: 278toBoston.com). That is what I had to keep reminding myself yesterday as I ran.
I started my run in my old Saucony Mirage 2 shoes. Not old in mileage – they only have 78 miles on them. They are the shoes I loved before I got my Saucony Fastwitch shoes that I have been using during my achilles recovery. Why did I switch yesterday? Mainly because they are heavier and have more support and I thought that they would help me not push as hard as I did the day before.
I got less than a mile into my run and felt a sharp pain in my achilles. I thought to myself, “run relaxed and keep your form”. As I ran a bit more – another sharp pain. I thought at this point that perhaps I should head home and change shoes. By the time I got home (5 minutes later) I had 2 more sharp pains. Ugh. I don’t want to have this problem again. I just felt like I was getting over it.
I went inside and put on my Fastwitch shoes and headed back out. After that point, I had one more minor pain and then I was pain free. Well, I thought to myself, I guess I have another pair of lawn mowing shoes (thinking of the Mirage).
I don’t know what he difference is between the shoes except that the Mirage is stiffer and pulls more on my heel. Either way I was elated that I could continue with my run (which didn’t go much better after that).
It was hot outside again. The heat index was 90. At least there was a breeze. Then it rained. Not a bad thing, but it rained just enough to get the road wet and then the sun came out again. The sun and heat radiating off the road shot the temperature up at least 10 degrees. I made it to 7 miles with a 9:12 average pace. My last mile was close to 10:00.
I’ve decided it is going to be a long hot summer and I had better get used to it. I run in the afternoon because I leave for work at 5:00am and just can’t get up early enough to get my mileage in.
So, I guess I did complain some. It was actually one of the roughest runs I’ve had in a long time. I run one more time today and take tomorrow off to get my body ready for the 5K on Saturday. Then it is marathon training until September.
Boston, Boston Boston. I have to keep my eye on the goal. Summer will eventually turn to fall and then I can have some fun. Then the Spring and hopefully Boston!