Back to a little bitching and moaning.
Based on this running update from last week, I’m not sure what to do about running. For this past weekend’s long run, I attempted to run 10 miles, but I was able to complete only 8.5ish miles. I’m not too concerned with not completing my intended distance. It was hot as hell on Saturday.
My problem is the amount of walking that I have to do on pretty much all of my runs. Ok, I totally understand that it has been quite warm over this summer (like ALL summers), but I do not think that I should be walking 2 miles into a long . . . longish run. A few things come to mind.
I’m running too slow.
For a while, I have been reading articles that suggest running slower to run faster. I think that I’m taking the slow part of this advice to the extreme. I do not get how I can run 8’45” mile sprints a speed workout, but cannot complete 2 miles without walking during a long run. Perhaps, I’m running so slow that my brain is telling my body “f*ck, if you are running this slow, then you might as well walk for a bit.”
I’m still too “fat” for what I’m trying to do
It’s quite clear that I have gained some weight during this pandemic, and dragging this extra mass is one of the factors keeping me slow. I am the biggest that I’ve ever been. At first, I was “muscular fat”, but I think it’s “regular fat” now. With the combination of running, doing Shaun T’s Insanity (HIIT workout), and following (for the most part) the Whole 30 diet, I have dropped a few pounds. Actually, I have not weighed myself in a while, but the hubby has said that I’m “less fleshy” in the belly region. Perhaps, as I lose more weight, I’ll walk less while running.
Am I injured and do not know it?
We all know that I’m always dealing with some lower back issues. But maybe there are a couple of other internal things that are out of sync. Lately, I have been experiencing more tightness in my calves, and I definitely know that my hip flexors are pretty weak. Also, I think some of the calf tightness may be attributed to the Insanity workouts. Granted, I probably do not stretch as much I as should after running. The issue of stretching is always in a constant flux with me. After Saturday’s struggle run, I did take off a couple of days (Sunday and Monday) from running and my HIIT workouts to rest. I’ll admit that I took off Monday because I was a tad hungover from Sunday Funday. I may have had a few two many of these Purple Rains while hanging on the Lower East Side.
I did feel a bit better and more energized during Tuesday’s run, but the run was still a struggle. However, I was expecting a struggle run anyway because it was super hot on Tuesday. During the run, I really did not check my Apple Watch that much. At one point, I was like man this has been a tough 3.5 miles, then I was so hurt to see that I’d run only 2 point something miles.
With all of these real and possible imaginary issues, perhaps, it would beneficial to sign up for a few coaching sessions or running consultations. Honestly, with the amount of information out there, I thought that having running coaches was kind of a bougie thing to do. Well . . . then again, I am kind of cheap too. But, maybe I need a professional to get me back on track. Since I’m not seeing much improvement, I’m obviously doing something wrong.