After I ran the Indy Mini Marathon this year in May, I cut back on my running….way back. I knew I had events scheduled almost every weekend thru May and June, so I figured I could do my Insanity workouts during the weekdays, run my events on Saturdays, and enjoy one day riding my bike. Sounds good, but it always amazes me how quickly I can lose my ability to run!
It didn’t take long before I was really struggling to keep any kind of pace for any amount of time. It was also more challenging because the outdoor temps pretty much had been averaging the mid to high 90’s which is somewhat high for July — I think the last I heard, we have had 47 days OVER 90 this summer. This makes for a particularly rough run!
After injuring myself in June, I had to discontinue my Insanity workouts due to a strained Hip Flexor/Quad injury. The jumping was to much to handle, and I was told to take it easy for 4-6 weeks if I wanted it to heal. Bummer! I decided I would get my running back in shape during this time, as running really didn’t irritate it at all. I started out slow….really S-L-O-W!
The trail I run is right by my house. It is a 3 mile run if I drive over to the trail or a 5 1/2 mile run if I run from my house to the trail and back home. There is a place exactly 1/2 way thru to go up a hill and continue on, but the most I would ever do is a few hill sprints and then head back. I always run after work, and I am always tired and usually content with a 3 or 5 1/2 mile run — I mean, seriously, it is more than most people do in a week, and I was doing it every day.
Well, this past weekend, I read the Spartan WOD friday night that said to go for a long run…I kind of tucked that thought away. When I woke up on Saturday morning, I went for my normal 3 mile run, however, when I got to the halfway point, I decided to just go up the hill. Then I thought, well, I will run through the park and then go back. I continued on like this making little deals with myself until I found I had managed to run to the lake over 5 miles away from where I started — I still had to get back. It wasn’t the fastest pace, but I didn’t stop running. I ran somewhere between 10-11 miles. It is hard to track because a couple miles are through wooded areas where my GPS doesn’t track. What I can tell you is that it was 2 hours of running. I had inadvertently done the Spartan WOD, and I felt pretty good about that! 🙂
I gotta admit, I was pretty pleased with being able to knock out a 10-11 mile run. It goes to show if you put in the work every day (even if it’s just the shorter distances), your body will be there for you when you need it to perform!
Thank You Spartan WOD!