Sunday, January 31, 2010

20 Minutes

I was pretty nervous to get out and run yesterday. I didn't want the pain to come back and realize that marathon training was over this year. I knew that I had done a good job resting my little injury, so that gave me some confidence.

Last weekend during the slightly warmer weather I had been craving a run. Of course the day I finally get to run it looks like this outside...

We're at the part of the year that sucks the most in Boston. It's that February/March stretch where winter has gotten old and spring isn't close enough. Marathon training at this time of year is BRUTAL. The 2 times I ran the Boston Marathon it would, of course, be that freaky 90 degree day in April. You can imagine how prepared I was for that!

I decided to walk to the gym and warm up on the bike for 5 minutes before running.
Since I don't have any fun running routes to take pictures of, I thought I'd share my super exciting walk to the gym (yes, that's sarcasm).
Up the hill

Down the hill

There's the Y!

It's much better in the daylight than at 5am in the pitch dark, like I usually do it.

The walk there was so painfully cold that I figured this "run" would be interesting.

I kept it on flat flat road around the gym.

The first few minutes were tough since I couldn't keep my mind off the thought of shooting pain in my leg. I kept anticipating for it to come.

Thankfully another fear took over my mind: FROSTBITE.

I was fricken COLD! My hands and toes were going numb. I looked down at my watch and I was only at 8 minutes. I did not think I could last another second. But then, I turned into the sun. My hands started to burn as feeling came back. I wish I could say the same for my feet.

Before I knew it, I was at my stopping point and pain free :-)

Woo hoo! I definitely felt tension in my calf and hardly consider myself home free, but this is a start.

I stayed at the gym to get some more of a workout in (bike, weights) and then went home to foam roll the muscles.

And ice while watching some quality programming

I love my housewives :-)

The plan is for another 20 minutes on Wednesday and 40 on the weekend. I would typically take things slower, however I don't have the luxury of time.

Here's hoping for another pain-free Wednesday!

1 comment:

  1. Yay! Happy it was a pain-free workout! Your Y looks like it's in a pretty modern building. Is it new?