Today was my first run after being sidelined all week with shin splints/cramps. I did 2 pain-free miles, and walked a total of 1.58 miles before and after the run, while listening to Power 105’s Sunday night reggae mix (NYC) via iHeart Radio. I also made sure to really stretch today, and it helped.
This is the park I ran through – Ala Moana. Great views of the ocean!
I also ran this afternoon in a skirt! No, not like an A-line — a skirt specifically made for running, from Skirt Sports. The pair I bought has biker shorts sewn-in, and it was surprisingly comfortable. I thought the legs of shorts would irritate me, but I immediately forgot I was wearing anything special: super comfy.
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Pre-run, I had an açaí bowl with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, quinoa puffs and a scoop of peanut butter, with carrot lemonade as my beverage. Yum!
Tomorrow is my last day in Honolulu… I have a super early running tour of Honolulu lined up before I leave. Can’t wait!
I was scheduled for 2 miles today, but I ran with my running buddy and we pushed out about 2.75 miles (although my Garmin didn’t sync right away, so I only got credit for 2.5). This was my longest run and fastest pace for anything over a mile since restarting training. My ankle brace was too tight and did cause me some numbness, which is honestly the only reason I stopped. I could have gone longer. Progress!
I followed my run with a 1-hour back and leg massage that was much needed. Although, I still have 110 squats (see squat challenge post), 110 sit-ups and 55 pushups waiting for me tonight.
My customized Run. Travel. Dream. Bondi Band came in today! I also got one with one of my personal running mottos: Stronger than Yesterday.
My running skirt from Skirt Sports came also. I’m so excited to run in this. It has shorts underneath.
I added a new race to the calendar today as well: the Montclair 5K Doughnut Run. I heard about it in a Facebook running group. It’s exactly as it sounds — doughnuts at each mile. And it sold out in less than 4 hours!
On a different note, I was reading an article recently that suggested that every runner should know WHY they are running, because it helps with motivation, especially on the crappy days. I realized that despite setting on this path of half marathon training, I hadn’t fully fleshed out my true reasons for running.
So, here goes my 5 reasons (I’m sure I have a few more):
- I’m competitive and there aren’t many sports (attainable for me) that you can compete in in your late 30s (and older).
- To get back into shape — lose weight, improve endurance and get stronger.
- Because I hate that my injury sidelined me 3 years ago. I wanna prove that this injury can’t beat me.
- The runner community is amazing. I like the sense of belonging to something bigger, and being inspired by the other runners. It has even brought me closer to friends who run.
- Races will give me another excuse (as if I need one) to travel.
What are YOUR reasons for running?