Running is Hard
I’m into week 4 of my 12 week half marathon training program. I have to admit, I really am enjoying running, but I’m also realizing how hard it is! I mean, everybody can run, right? Sure, but I feel like there are certain techniques (that I know nothing about) you really have to obtain to go the longer distances. I’m starting to feel pain in my knee when I run, I can’t tell if it’s from my shoes or just doing the longer distances. I’m not sure running a half marathon merits getting a running coach, but I would consider it if I ever wanted to run further.
I’m getting a little better with the consistent splits per mile. On Sunday I went for 5 miles. My average pace per mile turned out to be 9:44 (according to the Garmin, which I trust…). I was psyched to have done every mile under 10 minutes, woo! Unfortunately, after a challenging time with the Mac and the Garmin website, I am still having problems getting the software on my computer, so no fun graphs yet!
My knee didn’t hurt during the 5 miles at all, it was just the next day when I ran 3 miles that the shooting pain started. Justin chalks it up to me getting old, I still think it might be the sneakers. Either way, if it continues, I’ll see a doctor, but for now I’m just hoping it goes away!
The two runs I did this weekend were on the Capital Crescent Trail, and I forgot how great it is to run where there are no cars whizzing by you. I don’t typically run with headphones, I generally like to know what is going on around me, so being in the semi peaceful space of a running trail has been very relaxing.
And a little carbo loading photo for you. I actually ate this meal after the run on Sunday…maybe I just needed to replenish. Pasta with spicy meatballs from Whole Foods, fresh tomatoes and green beans. Very tasty!
I think I might re-create this meal right now for dinner!