I’m starting to like the recumbent bike. I get to read while I’m working out, and you all know what a fan I am of multi-tasking…or, maybe you don’t, but now you know. I figured out, through asking others and Internet research, that I need to ride at least three miles for every one mile I would normally run. I sweat like crazy on that thing, so I know I’m doing something right.
Thursday I got up at 4 a.m., took Bennie out, showered and went to the gym. I know it seems silly to shower before the gym,but there’s no way I could exercise, get home, get clean and get to work on time. So, it’s the only way. And my hair stays wet in a ponytail or bun, so I just take it out and sort of let it
frizz curl naturally.
I pedaled hard for 50 minutes (12.12 miles), then did a 5-minute/1-mile cooldown. After I ride, I stay next to the bike and stretch. I started holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds. I hate to admit it, but my stretching was lacking before. I probably held each stretch for 3-5 seconds. I learned my lesson.
Thursday morning, I was tempted to get on the treadmill and just try out my calves and shins for 10 minutes. But I held back. I waited for Friday because I wanted to run outside, not on the ‘mill.
It gets light out around 5 a.m. right now. And it will get earlier. I like this. This means I can run outside in the morning on my days off and, actually, even before work if I want. I will be factoring in more time for my running — time for stretching and warming up before my run and time for stretching and icing after my run.
This morning, I rose at 5:30, took Bennie out, weighed myself (down 1.4 – yay!) and put my running clothes on. Downstairs, before I strapped on my watch, drank a glass of water and ate a banana. Then I put on my shoes, did 30 jumping jacks for a little warm up and did two nice ‘n’ easy stretches for my lower legs.
Outside, I walked quickly for about three minutes, then gently stretched my calves on a curb. I was nervous. Please no pain, please no pain.
I got started with a goal of 20 minutes of easy running on my regular 1.5-mile town loop. I stuck to the asphalt instead of running on the concrete sidewalk, which is what I used to do. I never really thought about it before, but I was running a lot of miles on those sidewalks.
I felt great. I could tell the bike has helped me stay in shape. I have not run in two weeks, but I felt pretty strong. My thighs felt strong. My core felt weaker, though, but that’s because I’ve slacked on my strength workouts.
Ever time I looked, my time was at a 10-minute pace or less and I felt like I was running easy!
And before I knew it, my 20 minutes was up. I hit stop on my watch and saw that I was at 1.99 miles. I couldn’t stop there, I hit start and ran for a few feet to get to 2. The run was over too soon! But I wanted to take it easy.
I walked again for about 3 minutes, then stretched my calves on the curb in front of my house before going inside where I stretched immediately. I did the stretch routine that I still remember from my cross country days in high school. It’s very complete and I held each stretch for a full 20 seconds. I felt relaxed afterward.
Then, I made some Nuun and iced my shins just in case. I need to get some larger Ziplocs because the only thing I had that was big enough were two bags of frozen veggies. I left them on for 10 minutes.
I feel so relieved. I know I still need to take it easy, but I’m excited to be running again. I’m still going to do a lot of biking, though. I believe in the bike!
5/21/10 – 2 Miles – 20:20
10:08 average pace
Mile 1: 10:10
Mile 2: 10:07
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