Run for fun #6: A 200km month
I thoroughly took advantage of my long summer holiday and ran a whopping 201km in August. As of tomorrow I’ll be back at work, and since I cannot neither get up at 5am to run nor am I brave enough to run in the dark after work, I’ll be going back to running on Wednesdays (my days off) and weekends.
I’ve been thinking lately that even though I love running because it makes me feel great, tough, fit and all that jazz – I am still a total woman in the head – it bothers me that I have not lost any weight whatsoever in the 3 years that I’ve been running. In fact I have put on about 2kg :|
I know, I know, I know that weight alone isn’t the only indication of getting benefit from exercise but like I said: I’m a total woman in the head and it annoys me! (in my dreams I look like Jessica Ennis :D)
Yesterday I went and ran 20.42km – the longest training run I’ve ever done, only a km shorter than half-marathon distance. I sort of wanted my body to prove to me that it has progressed a bit since I first started running. I did it in 1 hour and 51 minutes and actually felt quite strong the entire way. During the summer I have been getting sore/hot/numb toes after about 10km, so this time I also wanted to test what happens after 15km. Sure enough my toes started bothering me again (this time at 8km already) but I just crunched them up a bit and ran through it. By 18km they were just sore like I remember them being when I’ve run a half marathon, but there was no shooting pain or cramping.
So in the end all’s well. Despite the fact that I still don’t “look” like a runner. My body does seem to be ready for the two half marathons that I have coming up in October and I will try my best and hopefully get a PB out of one of them (time to beat is 1:50:11).
And then also in October sometime I find out whether I got a place at the London Marathon for next year. If I did – eeeeek! and EXCITEMENT! But if I didn’t, I’ll sign up for Paris Marathon and – eeeeeeek! and EXCITEMENT! Once in my life I want to run a marathon and I feel that the time for it has come.
I’d love to hear how YOUR running’s been going during this summer and what your goals are for the end of 2012 and for 2013.