Day 4: Completed!
How I feel: Disgustingly good. Really unfortunately fantastic. Tired. Close to pain from the knees down, but everything else feels well oiled and loose. I really hate that, because it means the exercise experts are right, and I really hate those guys and their smarmy "exercise makes you feel better" reports.
Why I ran: You guys. Let's face it, I've told too many people that I'm doing this. I can't get out of it (which is why I told you all. I know myself too well.). I woke up this morning, stiff and sore and in pain just about everywhere. I was tired and achy and cranky. I missed my Saturday run. I've been to PEI and back in a weekend, and I didn't get much sleep. I was up late again last night, trying to participate in an instructor chat for my Book of Stories class at Big Picture (BTW--this may be one of the best classes ever. I love it.). To top it off, Auntie Flo showed up yesterday and has been taking delight in pummelling me. I DID NOT WANT TO RUN TODAY. But I knew if I didn't make myself do it today that I wouldn't make myself do it ever again, so I went. Because you know who quits after two days? Who says, whoops, menstruating, can't ever exercise again? LOSERS. And I'm tired of being a loser. So I ran. It only took me an extra hour to battle with myself and get out the door. Hey, I've been a loser a long time. But I did it. So there. (Where's my cookie?)
Changes: Shin splints still there. Heel pain managable. Breathing? Soooo much better. My lungs no longer hurt until the 4th or 5th run interval. My heart is still trying to escape my chest when I'm running, but even it seems to be settling down. I'm glad I added the extra week, but I finally feel like I might be ready to move on to Week 2 by the end of this week, and not try to talk myself into repeating the week a 3rd time. My muscles are still stiff and sore before I run but feel so good after a run. And, most annoying of all, the run eased a lot of the menstrual cramping. It's been really, really bad since the Boy, and has only gotten worse since Gaelan this spring. Every month it's like good old Auntie Flo takes me out to the back alley for an old fashioned beating. (Don't like hearing about this stuff? Too bad. I'm a girl, it's part of life.) I'm actually a little put out by how much better I feel after a run. My usual solution is to take a couple of Advil, a hot water bottle, and hide under the covers until the various vices loosen. I've heard the experts say that mild exercise can help ease the pain, but what do those experts know? Are they trying to run while in pain? Stupid experts. I HATE that they're right and I could have been doing this all along!
Things to photograph along the way: Red leaves. They totally popped over the weekend. Fall has arrived in New Brunswick! I love it! We even have some mottled leaves on the tree at the end of our driveway. So fun! Canada flag, waving proudly in the breeze. A row of wheelbarrows filled with fall annuals. Low flying plane against the blue, blue sky. Not as much jumped out at me this morning, partly because I was more in the zone with my running and focused on form, partly because there is so much I haven't photographed that I still want to, it makes it hard to spot new things to photograph.
Can we believe it? The program is working!