I mentioned a month ago how I was getting into minimalist running. I have been running pretty consistently for about 30 minutes each time I run. My calves have been doing better and my pace has been improving slightly each time.
The last time I went to my PT at the Spaulding National Running Center for a check-in, he said I could start to increase my distance, run two days in a row and include speed work. This would of course all be in moderation and not all at once. For example, if I did a longer run I wouldn’t do speed work and I’d run speed work on a shorter run day.
This news was bittersweet.
I am excited to get back to running pain free but I also am quite addicted to going to classes and am in the midst of training for the Pan-Mass Challenge. How will I ever manage to get in running so I can run a half marathon again before I turn 30, go to my favorite classes and complete PMC training? I can’t and shouldn’t.
I am going to try attend fewer classes so that I can balance running and cycling. I would love to try to run the Portland (Maine), Smuttynose or the Newport (Rhode Island) half marathon but need to make sure I build up a the proper running base with my new running form.
As I mentioned, the only problem is that lately I’m more excited about classes than running. I guess you can say that it is a good thing that I am obsessed with classes since I work for ClassPass–but another reason why I am not as excited about running is that I am still trying to get the hang of my new running form and am not running the pace that I used to. I’m a little competitive and so I am hard on myself.
I know that with time it will be easier for me to think of running as something I want to do rather than thinking of it as something I have to do so I can get my 30 before 30 goal. However, yesterday I got really inspired and excited to get running again! How?
Yesterday I ran with a friend I knew since pre-school. We hadn’t seen each other in a long time and decided it was about time that we went for a run and catch up. I gave her a warning of what pace I was thinking I’d be running and I was glad that she was cool with it. We only ended up running for about 25 minutes but running with her reminded me of when I was in the thick of marathon training and really taking advantage of my running club. I was SO excited to catch up with her that I was running a lot faster than I said I would and we had to slow down for both of our sakes! After our run, we decided to start up some group runs again. I am pretty sure this will help get me back into my running groove and really start to love running again.
Even though I’ll be getting back into running while still training for the Pan-Mass Challenge, I am not going to completely stop attending classes. I would not only be terribly sad if I did this because I love the variety, but classes are also what have gotten me strong and will keep me staying strong to prevent injury. And of course I am going to let myself overdose on cycling classes since those will really help me with the Pan-Mass!
So….wish me luck!
Questions for you
Have you been in a slump with a certain type of workout before?
Do you go through phases where you have to prioritize what workouts you do?
Does running/working out with a friend help motivate you?