After my week off from running because of falling up the steps and hurting my bad hip, I had a very successful “come back” running this weekend.
Here are my workouts:
- Friday: 4.25 miles in my neighborhood @ 8:40 pace.
- Saturday: 8 miles up my mountain @ 9:43 pace.
- Sunday: 5 miles in my neighborhood @8:38 pace.
Okay, I have been hurt before. I have taken a week off before. In fact this time I took a week off 3 weeks ago while sick, then ran 5 days, then took another week off for my hip.
There are many times I come back strong after taking time off. It makes sense. However this time there was a difference.
Yesterday’s run was – different. I ran well. I ran hard. Up hill especially. I would normally attribute that to my mountain runs, but I haven’t run my mountain in 3 weeks and that mountain wore my legs out yesterday.
I have another thought.
I’ve been taking apple cider vinegar for over a week now. I take 2 tbs in water in the morning before breakfast and 2 tbs in the afternoon before my workout. I started this to help my weight while not running as I read it can be beneficial. However I noticed last week as I walked that I “felt” like walking longer distances than normal and my energy level was up in general during the week, especially at work.
My runs have felt much better to me over the past few days. Of course it could be all the rest, but honestly I think there is more to it then just rest. I have energy in my runs, in my legs and in my body overall. I wasn’t planning on running yesterday, but an hour opened up in the afternoon, so I went out about a half hour after I took my 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar. I felt so good that I decided to go for 5 miles rather than the 4 that I had planned. Normally my head is screaming at me to shorten my runs, but I didn’t have that yesterday. It was just a good, hard run.
So, have I stumbled on a super drink or is it just coincidence. Either way I am going to keep up with the drink. I strangely seem to be sleeping better also. Maybe there is something I was missing mineral wise that the vinegar fills.
So all in all it was a good weekend and a good time running. 17 miles in 3 days after an injury and I feel great.
I can’t complain.