Running in the Rain and Training Yourself to Walk

Since the beginning of June, Maryland has been getting pummeled with storms. We may get a day or 2 between storms, but another one is guaranteed to stroll on through.

Can we not share this ample amount of water with other areas of the world that are in drought?

Anyway, I switched my Saturday long run for the 5 miler planned for Sunday. They were calling for some pretty nasty storms all day on Saturday, so I didn't feel like soaking myself for 16 miles or devoting that much time on the treadmill.

I had every intention on hitting the 'mill late in the evening to get that 5 in, but as I was driving from the grocery store that morning, I had an urge to run in the rain.

...and I did.

This morning, I was kinda bummed I still had my long run to do. Although the temps were down (a definite plus), I just wasn't feeling it. Still, I was committed completing what I planned!

Nearing mile 8, the halfway point, I decided it was time to try that walking thing. When you train for an ultra, you have to train yourself to walk. I know it may sound odd. Walking should be pretty easy, right? But the more I read about ultras, the more training yourself to get acclimated to walking makes sense. You have to get the most out of your miles and energy conservation is key. You can't exhaust yourself by running up a steep hill, knowing that there are 48 more miles to go, right? It's best to learn what works best for you. Whether it's walking hills, running 20 minutes and walking 5, or a combination of both. Everyone is different and everyone has a method to making it through.

Anyway, today, I decided I would walk just the hills. It not only gave me the opportunity to conserve my energy, but I was able to get some good pictures.

I am not certain how long it took me to finish and to be honest, I would rather not know. I think that it would put me in a bad mood knowing that my time was probably slower than normal. That is one of the main reasons I dumped the watch to train for the JFK.

Though I did walk some of my run, I am still pretty beat from it. I don't think it really matters how acclimated I get to the summer weather. Running in the humidity (no matter the temperature) is exhausting.

I am still going to try to tough out a run on the AT tomorrow. There's no rain in the forecast, so I want to take advantage of it! After that though, I think a rest day is definitely in order!!!

How do you feel about the weather in your area? Ideal running conditions?

Do you run in the rain?

Do you ever walk during a long run to conserve your energy? Do you just walk hills, or do you do running/walking intervals?

Monday Ramblings

So I love the Reebok Classics shoes. I love them so much, I wore my pair for 4 years. It wasn't until recently that I decided it may be time to get a new pair. I forgot what they looked like right out of the box.

No wonder I had foot problems, right? Ha!

Speaking of which, the foot feels better. Maybe it was a false alarm. Maybe not. But I felt good enough to go for a run this evening. Because Peter wanted to run to, we decided to partner up on the Appalachian Trail.

The caption is correct. I did fall. But if I had to fall, I would chose no other way to do it. The ground was very soft from our recent string of thunder storms and there weren't any rocks or roots were I planted my hands (talk about pain if there were!). We were also on an incline, so it was easier to catch myself.

The run itself was just seconds under 50 minutes. We covered more ground during this session so it shows that we have improved this time around. Still, I have a long way to go before I am JFK ready!

Tomorrow will be a run-free day since I know I will be sore after this, but I do have a new toy to keep me occupied.

Peter brought his bench and weight bar that was at his parent's. It is going to be a great addition to the gym room. Strength training is also such a big part of my personal training book so knowing/learning the moves will be beneficial to me and my future clients! :)

Anyway, I hope you all had a great Monday! We are through the hardest day! The rest should come easy! Right?

What is your favorite brand of non-running sneakers? 

Have you ever fallen on a run? 

Is weight training a part of your training plan?

Happy Father's Day

We've had our differences over the years, but I do know one thing for sure...I am his guts. My hair, my temper, my stubbornness...I am my father. Whether that may be considered a good or bad thing, I love him nonetheless.

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The Return of Sesamoiditis???

I am not a fan of waking up early on the weekends. Intuitive running or not, I am not going to suffer through the heat to run my long distance for the week.

I was out of bed at 6 yesterday and on the canal by 6:30.

It was humid and sticky, but despite it, I was comfortable. I ran at a pace that was challenging in the heat, but definitely doable. I do not have a clue how long it took, but honestly, I don't care. The point is that I finished 14 miles.

I also met a turtle.

Even if I am having the worst run ever, seeing cute animals on the canal puts a smile on my face.

I also stopped and took the necessary Dam photos.

After the run, I started to experience an all too familiar ache in my left sesamoid. I babied it all day. I RICE'd like there was no tomorrow. Peter even gave me multiple foot rubs.

Today, I did a foot soak in Epsom salt to try to further improve it.

Then I took my PediEgg to the oversized callus underneath it. I read that an excessive callus may contribute to sesamoiditis. It was definitely meatier (if that's a good word to use) than my other foot.

In all honesty, I blame it on the Hoka's a decided to try out. I am not saying Hoka's are bad shoes, but they are NOT for me. I have had blood blisters and growing calluses ever since I began running in them.

Needless to say, I am no longer wearing them.

I decided that today's run was out of the question. My sesamoids were in no way painful, but it was lurking deep inside. I knew if I pushed it, it would only get worse. I thought the best thing to do was to nip this in this bud now and skip my plans for running.

Instead, I biked about 13 miles and sweated my heart out! A cross-training workout is better than none at all, right?

After the bike ride, I ate this amazing dinner...

Sweet potatoes, baked chicken, and more veggies than you can imagine. One of my favorite dinners to date!

So I am not sure what this week has in store with me. Right now, there isn't any issue in my foot, but I will make sure it will not be a problem. If I have to cross-train, so be it.

Do you take a chance on running with the possibility of bringing on an injury?

Have you ever tried Hoka's? How did they work out for you?

Have you ever tried Epsom salt foot soaks? How did it work out for you?

What is currently your favorite dinner?

I Skipped a Run...Then I Didn't

I was on the fence about running today. I wanted to go to the AT, but my run yesterday was pretty difficult. It wasn't long into the workout that I was breathless. I did finish 5 miles in good time, but I was paying for it today. I thought this may be one of those opportunities to listen to my body and call it.

So I skipped my run today. To me, I think that if I did go out to the AT, I would have been more likely to injure myself. With exhaustion and sore body parts, I don't think I would have had the focus to navigate the technical terrain. Within minutes, I would have probably twisted my ankle.

Rather than head straight to the AT, I came home, ate a grilled turkey sandwich on some gluten-free bread and slurped on tomato soup. It was just what I needed! But within an hour, I surprisingly wanted that run!

It was raining, so the AT wasn't going to happen. Instead, I decided to head up to the treadmill, pop in Hood to Coast, and run as far as my body wanted to.

And I got new shoes in the mail today so that made this surprise running session more exciting!

I ended up doing a solid 6 miles and felt pretty awesome. It just proves that intuitive running is the way to go! I listened to my body by not running as soon as I got home. In fact, I gave myself the opportunity to not run at all. Yet, on it's own, my body decided to alert me later that it was ready. It resulted in a wonderful run!

Have you ever skipped a run, then later changed your mind?

What motivates you to run on the treadmill? New shoes? A good show/movie to watch?

You Can Run When You Want To...

...well, not really.

For most of us runners, we have other obligations other than running. Unfortunate, I know, but most of us have jobs, school, spouses, kids, you name it. It definitely compromises when we run or even if we run at all.

For me, I have to get my shorter distances in after work. I will lace up around 5:30, hit my route and come home for dinner. Weekends aren't much different. I will run in the morning to beat the heat or because I have a 10 foot long list of things to do within the day. So whether I like it or not, I run because if I don't, then I know I won't later or at least think I won't.

Running when you don't want to can really mess with your spirit. It may even make you feel rushed, fatigued, or stressed. Now, 99.9% of the time you will be happy that you did go out there and run, but again, we want to make the best of our sessions. We want to feel good from beginning to end.

So what to do?

I decided to test out an idea. Whether or not I have run that day, if my schedule allows and I get the feeling that I want to run, I am going to run. It doesn't have to be a long session. Maybe a mile or less. I want to give my body the opportunity to have its own input on when it wants to run.

I tried this yesterday since I had nothing major on the agenda. I woke up and did not want to do my morning run. I was more amped about making waffles and finishing out some wreath orders.

It wasn't until about 6:30 pm that I actually had the urge to run. So I went out there and ran a route I have never touched before. In fact, it doesn't look like many people touch this route at all because the road went from asphalt to gravel and continued that way for a couple of miles.

I found this exciting to say the least, but the road which had just trees and farmland, eventually led me to the Antietam Battlefield. At that point, I decided it was time to head home.

Upon arriving at my front door, I looked at my phone and realized I had been out running for over an hour! My intention was to run an hour or less just to have about 6 miles in. When I mapped it out, it turned out I ran 7.74 miles!!! It didn't even feel like it!

I definitely need to experiment with this more to gather sufficent evidence that it has an overall improvement to your running session. Still, I encourage you to try it! If you feel like running, do it! I am not saying up and walk out of work to run while you are on the clock. Try it when you are sitting at home on your rest day and you suddenly have the urge. Or if it is a scheduled running day, try to find a time in the day where you have more desire to run and not just because you have to. Changing the time alone may create excitement since it takes you out of the norm.

Do you follow a running schedule where you have set times that you run?

Do you ever run on impulse?

Have you ever gone out on a run and ended up doing more than anticipated?