A step (or more) in the right direction this week, fellow Runners! I was more successful with runs than the week prior, and also really pleased with the great advice I received! So, thanks!
This week I ventured outside more, rather than relying on my treadmill. I ran on new roads in my new town, and drove around with my fiancé planning future routes for long runs. I was even able to convince my friend and colleague, Jamie, to run with me! She is a self-proclaimed run-hater (skeptical of people who love to run), but we had fun running, sprinting, and speed walking together for forty-five minutes. It even prompted her to send me a text the following day, stating: “Ahh, I want to go for a run; what did you do to me!?” MWAHAHA! Welcome to the Dark Side, Jamie!
The buddy-system is something I’ve both embraced and shunned over the years. I used to think I ran better solo, but mostly because I knew I was slow and I was self-conscious about it. There are those times when a solo run truly is what I need, especially if I’m feeling anxious or need to clear my head. But for me, there’s nothing like the company and support of another person to motivate, as well as make the activity enjoyable. When I was my most fit (and probably fastest…), I ran everyday with my friend Maddy (one of my bridesmaids). She is a much better runner than me in almost every way: she’s faster, she’s better prepared, she’s consistent, and she makes it a necessary, irremovable part of her schedule. At one point during our runs together, my father told her she was addicted to running and needed to ease up. Her response: “There are worse things to be addicted to…like heroin.” True! It happened to be a stiflingly hot day (97 degrees and humid), and she was trying so hard to convince me that we had to get our 6-mile run in. Most days she was successful at motivating/bullying/guilting me into runs, but I made the mistake of running in that heat only a day or so before and nearly passed out. If anything, she is dedicated! But back to my point – for us (Maddy and I) running was just another form of “hanging out” and catching up, only we were moving at the same time. We would run for an hour or more, at a pace that allowed conversation, and it became routine. After a while, I didn’t even think about it anymore because it had become a normal and necessary part of my schedule, and running was positively associated with spending time with my friend. I hope I can inspire (or motivate/bully/guilt…) Jamie to continue running with me, or even Dave (but he’s not so great at the “girl talk”…). Until Jamie, my only running buddies in Fairfax were the occasional yappy dog nipping at my heels as I slowly and awkwardly ran away.
Before I leave you for the week, I want to mention that I visited Green Mountain Running Medicine Shop this last week and had such an excellent experience! Christine filmed me walking and running and I found out my step is “light” (well at least something on me is!), gave me some great information about what to pay attention to with the foot, knees, and hips, and she also gave me some helpful stretches. I got a new pair of Mizunos as well! (I won’t be breaking them in for a few more weeks though so I can wear them in the marathon). Christine explained how to select the proper running shoe for one’s foot and stride, which was really informative considering my only prerequisite is whether or not the shoe is pretty.
Here’s to a week of fewer stomachaches, less chafing, new shoes, and more buddies! Until next week!