Morning runs kill me. Why do they seem so much harder?
Anyway, worked again on W6D3. I stopped to stretch my calves after a minute or two of running, which helped a lot with the calf pain! Amazing how that works. (I have to thank my coworker for this– I was talking to him one afternoon about my stiff calves after running in the morning, and he just said, “You didn’t stretch, did you…”) Duly loosened, I continued on. And about 15 minutes in I just stopped running. It’s like my willpower ran out. I wasn’t really tired, or in pain, or anything that should have caused me to stop. I was just hot and grumpy and discouraged. It’s frustrating, and I’ve got no one to blame but myself.
I wound up downloading the RunKeeper free app for my phone and strapping it on while I ran (sorry Robert, I love your encouragement but I can’t take 25 minutes of crappy trance). I’m not sure if this was a blessing or a curse. On the one hand, I got to listen to my own music (omg YAY). On the other hand, the app had a hard time keeping a GPS connection and it showed a pace (is it right? I don’t know) which was really slow. Now, I know I’m slow. But it just looked like “neener neener you’ll never make a 10-minute mile at this rate”. It was so discouraging! Maybe next time I’ll turn it off so I can’t see the screen and just wait for the music to run out.
On a more fun note, here’s my little playlist!
Dream Theater - Under a Glass Moon Beck - Go It Alone B-52s - Hot Pants Explosion Jamiroquai - Canned Heat David Bowie - The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell Basement Jaxx - U Can't Stop Me David Bowie - Little Wonder