The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno
I started writing this post about a week ago and it’s crazy how fast things can change. I am definitely injured all over again. I have no idea how it happened but, it sucks. I am miserable. I am so glad I was able to fall in love with running and biking for over a year of being injury free.
I never once took running for granted and truly appreciated everything my body could do. As of right now I am putting all future exercises and race plans on hold. Spondylolysis sucks.
I want to start off this post by saying that I am pretty sure I am the luckiest runner ever. Almost 4 times a week I have someone to run with. Usually it’s a co-worker or a running group that I am a part of.
Last week, I tried running alone after not having done so for about a year and it was miserable. I lacked the motivation and I turned it into a walk with some jogging as I sent angry/frustrated text messages to a friend.
Reasons why running with people is why better than running alone:
- You get so carried away you don’t realize that you are even running.
- On days that you don’t feel like running, you have a group of people ready to motivate you.
- You don’t have to worry about planning a route or knowing where to go. Someone in your group will have it covered.
- If you are a part of my running group we usually center our runs around food, so you can grab a tasty bite once you are done.
- You will run faster and further than ever before.
- It’s exercise + social hour!
- Also, free therapy.
Here is a loose schedule of what my runs have been looking like:
Monday- I have a running group that I run with. (2-2.5 miles)
Tuesday- If I don’t have to work late, a walk or a 2 mile jog with a co-worker
Wednesday- I have a late night class, so I usually don’t run
Thursday- I TEACH a run/walk class. Best part of my week- I love getting people excited about running!
Friday- I usually rest
Saturday- Early morning run! Usually 3 miles
Even on my weekday “rest” days I still train/ teach group fitness classes. So I don’t consider that to be my workout. I also throw in some hikes and bike rides into the mix.
Since I took the entire month of July-August off of running I have noticed that my running pace has dropped. I went from 11-12 min/mile pace to a 12-14 min/mile pace. Since I am not training for a race or anything I am actually ok with that. However, I am used to being a bit faster.
In addition, I have been having issues with my feet. My right ankle in particular has been giving me a lot of trouble. About a month or so ago, I turned it EVER SO SLIGHTLY while out on a run. Of course, it hurt like I had run over it with a dump tuck.
Every since that fateful day the ankle has never been the same. If fact, I turned it again a few weeks later. I have iced it, and put all kinds of wraps on it. It will twinge every now and then.
In fact, if I recall correctly this is the same ankle I fell off of my bike and on to IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET IN ANSTERDAM.
The poor ankle can never catch a break.
The same leg has been giving me shin issues when I run so I have been having to tough through some of my runs. I am also, trying out some new shoes which I think it helping the issue.
Meet the Mizuno Wave Sayonara!
So far I have only used the shoes for short distance runs between 2-2.5 miles. They are definitely snug and sleek. I do feel speedy in them despite still running at a slower pace.
One of the best things about running is being able to bring other people into the world of running. I am pretty much a running bully and have forced my co-worker to come run with me. We started with a lot of run walks and two weekends ago she ran her first 5k!
I could not be more proud.
Before the race my co-worker told me that her goal was to be able to train to run a 5k in 40 minutes. Well she killed her first 5k with a time of 39:23!
After the race we celebrated with some waffles.
Running + food =<3