My long run didn’t start off well. I got up, drank some water, had Ezekial bread with almond butter, had some Emergen-C, and went on my way.
From when I started running it was just hard. I think I’ve become so used to running on the treadmill that I lost my ability to pace myself outside. I couldn’t tell if I was going fast or slow and I was just unhappy. I stopped about a mile and a half in to stretch because I felt tight and then I stopped again about half a mile later to stretch. I was almost to the top of the big hill, which is probably 2.5 miles or so in, and my body just wasn’t feeling it.
So I stopped and walked for a minute or two. I really wanted to just keep walking, but I decided I had to run at least once around the park. So I started running and I did it. I finished the loop around the park and I did it in 30:18
which is about 3 minutes faster than my previous personal best and way, way too fast considering I wanted to do two loops around the park.
I then walked out the park, expecting to stop. I was exhausted, sore, angry, felt bloated, and just really unhappy. But I got some water, stretched, and decided I needed to go back in and do another loop. I decided not to time it and to just go slow and take my time. And I ran the opposite way which I thought would be a good change for my legs.
I ran another 1.75 miles or so and it felt great. I just let the pressure fade away and did it. Then I walked for a few minutes and ended with a .25 mile uphill.
In the end I was really happy. I was also really sweaty.
It was 65* when I started out and 72* when I finished which is very unseasonably warm for NYC.
I ended up rewarding myself with a bagel for my hard work.
I asked for an everything bagel with a little bit of cream cheese and I got
A plain bagel with a ton of cream cheese. So I Maggie-fied it
I also had some pineapple Chobani, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, and flax seed
And an OJ
Soon after I got home I iced my ankles
And my knees
But I am still massively sore. My legs are killing me. And I don’t feel so hot in general. I know yesterday I felt like I was coming down with a cold, but now I feel like I have a fever. Not good.
We’ll see how the night turns out!