Sunday, March 29, 2009
easing back into running
Friday was my first day back running, and I would've been an absolute fool not to. It was 60, our Latin class only ran 2 hours instead of 3, it was Friday, and it was just too nice to study. So, I ran for 3 miles around Brookland, and then walked one mile. I was going slower than normal, but my legs weren't screaming in pain, which I was happy about. It was fairly relaxing, because it didn't matter how far I went, just that I did it.
Then on Saturday, I ran to Seth's house in Takoma Park. I wrote out the directions on my arm (very classy), and the 5 mile run took about 50 minutes. I enjoyed running through a more residential area, and there were a couple of hills to tackle (I feel as if I'm going to include Maryland a lot more when I begin formal training again. Once, I got to Seth's house, we just hung out for a while, and then went out to lunch at Trinity. And of course, a proper Trinity Deli lunch should not be complete without a black and white cookie (so good).
It is nice to just be able to run without a real structure, especially since schoolwork will be picking up very soon. For the next few months (probably until June), I'll just run when I can, as far as I can. I don't think I'll be doing 15 mile runs for a while, that's for sure. I just need to do maintenance work. I am running in the DC Cherry Blossom 10 miler a week from today. Originally, I was very hesitant about my ability to run a race so soon after the marathon. However, since I was able to comfortably do 5 miles yesterday, I think I'll be in okay shape. I'm not planning on a very fast race, but I do want the experience of doing it. There are 12,000 runners scheduled to participate, so it will be my largest race so far. I'm very excited to see the Cherry Blossoms; they've just started to bloom.
Just about ready to head out for another short run.