Day Two: Run Complete
How I feel: Better than I did before I ran. Despite repeated stretching, my muscles totally seized up since my Tuesday run. By this morning I could barely get out of bed. Every step hurt. I decided that maybe a run would loosen me up. Either that or finish me off. I decided I was ok either way. And it loosened me up. Yay! Also, the first 60 second run was not the hardest today (the 4th was, if anyone is wondering).
Why I ran: Because I'm not a quitter. And quitting after only one day would be HUGELY embarrassing. But I wouldn't be lying if I said that I entertained a brief but satisfying fantasy about stepping out in front of one of the cars that sped by me; not to commit suicide, but just break a leg or something requiring I stop all exercise for the forseeable future and then begin again after many, many weeks with my own physical therapist. It was just a fantasy. Once I started to really get into it I remembered that I hate hospitals. And feeling helpless. And bedpans. So, as with most fantasies, it was quickly abandoned.
Changes: Having learned from Tuesday, I took the entire process MUUUUUUUCH slower. My brisk walk was more of a gentle stroll. My runs were an easy jog, at times almost in one place (too much Wii running!). I didn't go as far, I didn't go as hard, but I didn't think I was going to die either. I have decided to definitely do each week twice though (making for 6 days of running in each week). I'm just barely making it through. I am sick and tired and winded, and there is no way I could talk to anyone while out there. I want to feel good at each level before I move on to the next, and I'm nowhere near that with week one. So I'll do it twice and hopefully get a little better each day. Since I'm only doing this for my health and not to meet some race goal, I don't feel like I have to push that hard.
Things to photograph on the way: Two does out for breakfast, who let me run right by them without fleeing (I think they knew I was harmless). A loon out on the misty lake. A heron, startled by my pass, flying overhead. Some crazy lichen or fungus on the trees that looks like an angora sweater. Those sweet berries and giant sunflowers. Today it's sunny and they were even more impressive. A huge spider just finishing up her web. A woodpecker that I thought was real until I jogged past and realized it was some kind of very cool garden art. A big bunch of black-eyed susans in the neighbour's garden. The other neighbour's kittens out playing on the front step. So much! I live in the BEST spot!
I'm going to PEI this weekend for a youth conference, so I'm not sure how I'm going to run Saturday morning. It will depend on my billeting situation. I'm going to pack my stuff and play it by ear. If I can't run Saturday I don't really think running Sunday will be breaking the Sabbath. Believe me, this is one of those (unpleasant but good for you) religious experiences.