Instead of starting back easy after this nearly 2 weeks off running, I went out and ran a 5 miler this morning. I just wanted to make sure I could still do even middle distances. My IT band felt fine. Random other things were off but I don’t even care. I’m just glad my fitness was intact and the band didn’t knock me out. It’s sore now but sore I can deal with.
It’s definitely getting hotter and more humid. It’s starting to rain every day here (massive thunderstorms where the skies open up – aka Florida rainy season) so scheduling a run is getting tricky. I’m all about going in the mornings but run team runs in the late afternoons, basically when everyone gets off work and can meet up. It doesn’t feel that hot to me yet though. That’s because I know that August is the real terror month.
I decided to go pay my dues for another year with run team today. Or maybe I was going to go and ask who was running this year and what was going on with the group before I decided. Only it didn’t work that way. I show up to the group center and my coach walks in too! He said it was a sign that I should get on the program again. I told him, yes, I think it is. SoI signed up and, of course, as it ALWAYS happens when I recommit to run team, he tells me the first run this week is hill training. I swear, I know what days to start! But hey, it keeps it interesting.
Then he asked what mileage I was starting at. He said the rest of the group was at about 12-14 for the long run now. Me: uhhhh…. 6 miles? Yeah, embarrassing but I did explain my knee issue. I think he thinks I’m not serious but, no, I am. Hopefully it won’t take me very long to close the distance though. I’m excited. I think it’s going to be another great summer of running. I told him my marathon goals. He is never surprised or negative about anyone’s goals. I could walk in there and say, “Yeah, I’m thinking I’d like to be in the 3:25-3:30 range…” and he’s be like, “Cool. You can totally do that.” HA! I mean, it’s good someone completely believes in you but at this rate he should have laughed at me for even saying 4:30!