I can’t believe that the last time I updated, it was still August. Now, we’re more than a quarter through September. If September were a mile run, we’d be cruising around the first curve right now.
My runs this past workout cycle included two long-ish runs, an interval session, and a fair share of rest days. I actually did not want to take so many days off, but they may have helped put off runner’s knee.
I mentioned in my last-update that I had a ten-mile run. That was probably my favorite run of the cycle on August 29th. I woke up early, had some PB on toast, and left. I got to run up A1A, which for those of you who know south Florida know is beautiful. Huge, fancy mansion with swwaying palm trees beautiful. I enjoyed my trudging along while the bicyclists came from both directions and did their thing. It’s a shame, but I was the only runner out at 6 AM… and every biker had a friend or five. Oh well. I’m thinking of joining a running club soon.
Following the ten-mile was the obligatory carb-fest (not that I think 10 miles were enough to warrent it, I just felt like it), a rest day, and an easy run to ease into the new week. Then another rest day. Then a run. Then another rest day. The run sandwiched between the rest days was actually nice. I did four miles of intervals, 400 meters with 400 meter rests. What wasn’t so nice were the 95 degrees with humidity (and blaring sun) at 5 PM in the park, but I somehow made it home alive and felt fine again two hours later.
I’m disappointed about the rest days, but after the subsequent 4 milers on Friday and Saturday, with an 8-miler on Sunday, my knees have been causing me some trouble. I don’t know if I should take it seriously and stop running, or if it’s something I can ease through… thus, I am wondering if despite hating rest days, I need to be taking more. I’ve been having aches and pains since returning from Germany and I hope I’m not in an injury cycle. But running isn’t fun when it hurts. I need to be in tune with myself more again. Part of the issue were my shoes, but I can’t afford to buy new ones right now. Curses!
Let’s just see what happens. I have short runs planned for this week and my first running club group run on Saturday. I hope I make it healthy through the week! In the meantime, happy running to everyone! Hope the air is starting to taste like fall for you.