Quoting M.I.A. means I must be having fun, right? Right. While I missed Monday’s run due to a weird fever thing with flu-like symptoms, I was back out again yesterday and had a blast with a new routine. First off, my foot was feeling much better; most likely a mix of being off of it for four days and having acupuncture. My acupuncturist also gave me stick-on needle/magnets that I’ve been wearing so I’ll try to get some pics of those for the next entry. Between happier feet and perfectly mild weather with a touch of sprinkles, I had great conditions for my run.
This was a very different routine. I wasn’t watching the clock or shooting for distance, I was really shooting for fun. I walked five minutes as a warmup and then took off at a fast but pleasant pace; I’d say about 70-80% of what I had. My strides were long and I felt tall and powerful. After a couple minutes my breathing did catch up with me so I slowed to a light jog and then transitioned back to walking. I basically followed this flow throughout the workout and aimed to outright run through every field and then slow down in the winding brush areas.
I had the privilege of having not one but two adorable labs with me, Toby and Maggie. I actually outran them during a few of the times that I really took off; it really confused the hell out of them! Have I mentioned lately how much I love running with dogs? I highly recommend it.I felt like I took it easy yesterday but I sweat much more than usual so the good news is that it was definitely a workout! I only went two miles, and I’m OK with that considering I’m still feeling a little under the weather and this was a new type of workout for me. I will say that I’m reminded now of why I loved sprinting and jumping events in High School; I really love going FAST! While I enjoyed challenging myself with the distance runs, this new routine seems to be re-motivating me and I can say with all honesty that I really truly had fun with it; not just fun that I finished a goal.
I’m probably going to play again tomorrow with this new workout. Eventually, I’d like to develop a plan to increase my speeds or maintain the faster speed with a longer distance. I feel that if I don’t set goals it’ll be too easy to slack off and I would like to find a nice mix between the workouts feeling like play but also increasing my strength and getting me in shape. I’m open to ideas, as always!