The past two weeks, something has changed with my running… in a good way.
It all started 3 weeks ago. I was complaining to TJ that my legs were shot and that I wasn’t even running much. On top of everything, my back was a mess. My right hip was hurting and I just couldn’t figure out what to do.
He reminded me that the hill runs I used to do would really help me and I hadn’t been doing them at all lately. So the next Monday he and I set out for a hill run in a neighborhood nearby. It has crazy hills. Some high, some long, but every stride in this neighborhood takes you up or down a hill. When we finished running all the streets, we had completed 8 miles of hills (and my longest run in months). I was shot. I had nothing left. BUT I finished all 8 miles.
Since then TJ, RS and I have run those hills each week. TJ and I have run them 3 time and RS twice. The impact has been nothing but phenomenal! I had one of the best months in January since my marathon in September of 2013 last month. The past two weeks I have run 41 miles each week. These two weeks combined are more then most months I’ve run since my marathon. I feel great. My legs are strong. Everything is beginning to click.
Now that I have had 2 high mileage weeks, I am taking this week and cutting back about 30%. My legs feel great, but they feel the pain of the past few weeks. The last thing I want now is the get hurt.
So I’ll run about 30 miles this week and then I’ll add 10% to my last couple week totals and up my mileage to 45 miles next week.
The great thing, is that I am not training for anything in particular. I was going to run a half marathon in March, but that isn’t going to happen. In a way, this is good. I’m running for me. I’m running because I want to. I’m running for the challenge and not to prepare for something. I can take this slow and do what ever I need to get back to where I was a couple years ago.
Don’t get me wrong. My goal is another marathon. But this time I want the strength, the ability. the grace to run it the best I can.
PS: My daughter has suffered greatly with Fibromyalgia. She had to quit work, she could barely move off the couch for a year. Now she has lost a lot of weight, is biking and getting back her life. This last week she ran with RS and me several times off and on during our runs. She is up to running almost 3 miles a day and is looking better then I’ve seen her in years. I can’t say how proud and excited I am for her and how humbled I am that God has given her the grace to “come back”!