I haven’t been very consistent on my weekly runs – partly because I haven’t been very consistent on my long runs. I’ve been getting them in, but switching between Saturday (my preferred day) and Sunday (somehow, the day that ends up working best for me) throws me off for the week.
This explains why I wound up running nine miles the day after I did a legs/core workout in the gym. The niner was supposed to be done Tuesday and the legs and abs workout on Wednesday. That would have been perfect! But I ran long Sunday, rested Monday, and decided to flip-flop Tuesday and Thursdays workouts.
Bad, bad idea.
My legs were tight after doing squats and lunges on Wednesday, but I thought they’d loosen up as I ran. And they did – after about seven miles. The first seven, I had to keep stopping to walk, stretch, and swear like a longshoreman.
It was not pretty.
It was my first running commute; I had high hopes, especially after having a pretty good long run on Sunday. And it wasn’t a terrible run – it just took far, far too long. It was really hot, so walking wasn’t a terrible idea anyway, but the tightness just made me more frustrating.
Today, I was supposed to run five miles, and that’s just not going to happen. My legs feel like they’ve been dipped in concrete. This weekend, I am going to have to push my run back to Sunday again, so I think I’m just going to have to switch up my training schedule a little bit. I don’t want to put myself at risk for injury, but I also can’t keep skipping all these base mile runs. I’d also like to get some speedwork/hillwork in and with my current schedule I just can’t fit it in.
That said, I AM glad to be back in the weight room. It felt really good to make it in twice this week. I’ll probably go in tomorrow as well.