In Training (Day 29)…The Learning Curve


It is a little after 10:00 AM Sunday morning.  A light mist is falling outside.  I am back from my Sunday long run.  I am showered up and having my first cup of coffee for the day and contemplating the lessons learned this day.

Yesterday was a marathon shopping day.  My daughter and I have not done a shopping trip like this in well over a year.  It was something we set in motion and planned out over the past week. I picked her up at 9:00 AM. We had breakfast then proceeeded to wander the streets of downtown Vancouver with Christmas Gift Cards at the ready seeking the winter sales that happen at this time of year.

As the afternoon progressed I finished at Sport Chek and did find a decent fuel belt.  I had hoped the shop owner, Rand, would have them at The Right Shoe where I run out of, but alas, he does not.  No biggy. I can go back and get it next week.  But I digress.  My daughter and I then stopped for a nibble late in the afternoon and finally walked the seawall back to where we had parked.  We left the downtown core at around 3:30 PM.  So we walked around for a good four hours at least.  We had a very enjoyable day a few deals were found.

This morning’s run was not a good one.  My hips started to lock up and I have this funny feeling that I may well have overdone it yesterday with all the walking that was done.  I need to let the body relax physically before a run and I didn’t do that yesterday.  So another lesson learned.  As I was driving back home I pulled out the Bonk Buster Power Bar that I had purchased.  I have tried two flavours now. Espresso and Peanut Butter.  I liked them both.  Today I tried the Apple Pie flavor and well, instant headache.

I am not someone who is prone to headaches so this was too much of a sugar rush I am guessing.  And these are the kinks I need to work through and why I want to make my own gel pacs.  I don’t want to be running a race and consume a product designed to give me a boost and end up with a headache for a 1/2 hour.  Yes, the headache passed quickly but had I been running it would have been very unpleasant.

Ah yes, the science of running.  I do want to ensure that running is always enjoyable but I need to understand my body’s limitations and respect them.  I told my run guide, Ken, there are times when the mind thinks its still in a 30 something body rather than a 50 something body.  He smiled and laughed at this then explained that I can certainly train my body to do more but that it just takes more time.  Consequently I did have to stop and walk it out a couple of times today.  As soon as the hips started to burn a bit I would fall into a brisk walk.

Typically when I run my hips loosen up considerably.  Not today.  That’s okay though.  Not every run will be a good one.  Some you have to fight through as I did today.  And I am experimenting with fueling the body as well.  So it is good to know that I likely won’t be able to accomodate a really sweet and sugary infusion as it could well cause a headache.

The challenges that I have set forth for myself are intimately based.  And while I need to understand the science of running, I also have to embrace and live the emotional aspect to it as well.

Time to head off and have some breakfast and do the rest of my daily chores for the week ahead.  Enjoy your day everyone.

 

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