Happy 4th of July!!
What a great weekend it has been. The weather has been gorgeous and there has been so much relaxing going on around here.
I think I’ve been on the front porch with my coffee for about two hours now. I’ve also enjoyed a beer or two on the porch as well. One of my favorite things to do is read a magazine or look at a catalog and enjoy a beer. I am really liking the variety pack from Leinenkugel! It is so good.
So since we last chatted I was just starting back into running post kidney surgery. Well the stent came out and I got back at it the very next morning. We started off with our normal hill routine. This routine involves a three mile loop with a steep hill that we run up and walk down three times. No matter how many times we do it, it never gets easier. The thing that does get easier, is encountering hills in other locations. This workout helps prepare us for that. I felt great. I felt like the month rest really helped my body, well rest I guess. I was so happy to be running again that I didn’t feel any pain as we ran.
Thursday morning was boot camp and Friday we did our five mile loop. The five mile loop felt great too. We ran at about a 8:30 pace. Then I ventured out on my own last Saturday. I did an out and back six mile run. It was a major struggle. I did not feel like I was fit enough to run that distance which was beyond frustrating. I ended up walking a little bit. I made it to the turnaround point without walking but then I had to head back walking. I guess I went about a quarter of a mile walking before I picked it back up to a normal pace. I made it to the steep hill and started up it but had to walk about three quarters of the way up. Then I ran the rest of the way home. Don’t be fooled by the smile in the picture.
I decided to give it another try on Sunday. I waited until later in the day which probably wasn’t the greatest idea because it was still very hot outside at 5pm. I wanted to get a quick three mile run in and figured I better go then and get it out of the way before dinner. So I did and it was hot and just felt very challenging. I think my Instagram post said “even for an avid runner, running is hard”…and I meant it. That is the way it feels right now….
sometimes running is easy and sometimes it is just really really hard.
I know when you come back from an injury or time off or even kidney surgery you have to build back up. You can’t always be in tip top running shape. Your fitness level will always ebb and flow. Frustration is part of the game. The only thing to do is to just keep chipping away. Enjoy the highs, work through the lows, and figure out what works for you and what does not. So I am just going to keep at it and realize that not all runs will be good and I won’t always feel like I love running. Then there will be days when running is awesome, and I am reminded of how much I love to run and that is what keeps me coming back. So if you’re struggling with your running or exercise program keep at it. If you’re battling an injury, do what you can (even if that is nothing at all but rest) and trust the process. Just keep moving forward! Do what my shirt says, find your balance!
This guy keeps at it until he catches a fish!
Running is a great way to keep you on track during these summer holiday weekends!! If you overdid it this weekend…get out there and run! Happy 4th of July. I hope you’re enjoying your summer and that you have a little glimpse of childhood and beautiful sunsets.Pin It