We did it! We all ran for 50 minutes on Saturday and it felt wonderful! Well, for the most part…I had a bit of a rougher run on Saturday than I expected…
I felt really good at the start of the run, and started strong, but about five minutes in my calves started to get tight again. You may remember that this happened to me a few weeks ago during hills, so I felt prepared for it. I stopped, stretched it out (using the stretches Devin and Deborah have shown me) and started running again. I eased myself into it and didn’t push too hard. I tried to focus on my gait and make sure that I was hitting my foot in the middle and keeping my posture where it should be, but even after doing that I had to stop again at about 12 minutes. I had to stretch it out. So I stopped, stretched, and kept going.
It was a beautiful sunny day, and I felt like I could easily go 6k, but again, another 5 or 6 minutes later, I had to stop and stretch. This kept happening, every 5 – 10 minutes, and I ended up stopping at least 5 times to stretch my calves out. My knees were a little creaky too – I have arthritis in my left knee from when I broke it a few years ago. OUCH!- but it was the calves that were a pain. No matter, I kept going!
I have to say that I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to run with Myles (he joined us this week!) and the rest of the team, but I knew I couldn’t push myself to keep up. I had to go slow and get it done. And I did get it done! 50 minutes of running, minus the few minutes of stretching, was done AND I went 5.53k in that time, even with all the stopping! I feel AMAZING about it, guys! I know I could have easily gone 6k if my legs had felt better – and that’s an awesome feeling! This time a month ago, I couldn’t go that far in that amount of time!
Tomorrow, we’re doing our practice run – 10k. I’m hoping to get it done in 100 minutes, or 10 minutes per kilometre. I think I can do it.
Watch for us in our mint green Team Myles shirts as we spread out along the route – We’ll be in Halifax and Dartmouth, and hanging out on the bridge. Give us a wave, a honk, or a cheerful holler, we love the support!