Hopefully, the length and duration of my Saturday runs will increase over the next few weeks and I can just keep adding more miles to my blog post titles. I’ll think of something more attention grabby, maybe…
This morning our whole little family went and swam at the YMCA pool for a while. It felt good to feel weightless in the water. I had a pretty good week, as far as activities go, and my body is sore – in a good way.
Sunday: Body Flow at the YMCA. A mix of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates.
Monday: 4 treadmill miles.
Wednesday: 4 track miles.
Thursday: Yoga Flow at the YMCA. A lot of core work which I can still feel today.
Friday: 4 track miles.
Saturday: 8 road miles.
I kept Saturday’s run in my neighborhood even though it required me to loop around all too familiar territory. I wish I was more adventurous about where I take my running. I pretty much stick to a radius that starts out my front door! I ran by the grocery store, the little geese pond, the High School (above), the elementary school, the hospital (below), and the neighborhoods covering my usual 3 mile and 4 mile loops.
Sometimes, I want to run long and I run a out-and-back that makes the run feel far. Today, I wanted 8 miles to feel effortless. Like, I just went out to run a run I would do any other day.
This “keep it in my neighborhood” strategy worked out this time. When I started to feel a little a little “bonkish” and tired, I never felt very far from home. I didn’t GU or carry water on this 8 miler. I just ran and tried to keep it easy and mindless.
Overall, this Winter has been pretty tame so far. I could expect a lot worse around here. On Saturday, the sun was shining, my husband and kids were tucked away happily at home, and I took an hour for myself to soak up what felt a little like Spring.
I have to give credit to my Mizunos. They have kept me injury free (knock on wood) and have been part of this running journey of mine. Maybe next weekend I’ll shoot for 10?
Did you run long this weekend? Do you trick your brain and body on long runs to make the miles easier?