Getting back into quarantine fitness has been a bit slow, but I went on a few runs last week. I will say that it was nice getting back out there, but it was tough because
- I have not done anything physical in April,
- It’s tough running with a buff around your face.
It pretty much did my standard 6.1 ish mile run in Central Park.
It was a bit tough getting back into the flow because it was quite hard breathing through the buff. At certain times, with the accumulation of sweat, running felt like a light version of waterboarding.
Also, I definitely felt the effects of not running (and chain-smoking) for an entire month. I ran easy intervals (0.75mi on and 0.25mi off) for my 6.1mi loop. Before my running hiatus, I was experiencing some pain in the lower part of my left leg. I figured that the month off would have been beneficial; however, I’ve noticed that the pain is back. 😦 So, I am a bit concerned about this pain and not sure what to do about it. . . if I can do anything about it. Perhaps, my quarantine life weight gain is putting extra stress on my almost 40 years old bones.
Below is the elevation map of Central Park’s 6.1 mi outer loop.
Perhaps, I should have started running a flatter course and built up to Central Park’s rolling hills. Whatever is going on with my leg, I need to figure it out because I would like to begin training for NYC’s Marathon . . . which probably will not happen. But, better safe than sorry. Also, I would like to get back to my 2020 resolution of running a half marathon every month, with the exception of April.
Random question: Is it too soon to award virtual race medals in the form of coronavirus particles?
Have you been running with a mask? If so, how has it affected your running?