Monday, July 13, 2009

Weekend runs.

What a great weekend!

It started out with Friday's evening run, which started out cruddy. Yup, cruddy! Instead of propelling me forward, my legs felt like they were being dragged behind me. They felt heavy and blah. "Slow it down," I told myself. "Give 'em a break; this is your fourth run in three days."

I figured a reduced pace would let my legs catch up and the run would turn out fine. It didn't work. My legs felt heavier the slower I ran.

When I got to the base of the big hill I decided to switch it up. "Tackle the hill. Run fast," I said (silently, so no one would think I am whackier than they already do). I forced my legs to really move it and run fast. When I crested the hill, I gave my legs a high-five (in my mind, again, because of the whackiness factor) and encouraged them to keep it up. It worked and they did and the rest of the run rocked!

On Saturday I gave my legs a much-needed full day off. Conal and I spent a relaxing morning at the local farmer's market followed by some outdoor play and then we all went to a big family party in the afternoon. Usually, or at least for the past few months, I've been cross-training on all of my off days so even when I'm not running my legs are working. Saturday was just rest and my legs appreciated it!

Those grateful legs rewarded me by being full of pep for my long(ish) run on Sunday. Nice and easy miles!

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On the no complaining front, I'm doing well. Some complaints creeped into my head over the weekend but I recognized what was happening and I was able to shift my thinking before the inevitable scowl settled on my brow.

Have a great week everyone!

~ Felice

14 comments:

X-Country2 said...

I love that rewarding peppy feeling. I'm not getting in enough these days, but I love when it sneaks up.

lindsay said...

when my legs are being stubborn they don't respond well to slow either! but the laziness in me keeps it slow and i just tell myself "it'll feel better tomorrow" :) glad your run turned out well friday, and you were rewarded with a good run sunday! feels good to have the legs on board!

Marlene said...

You definitely earned that rest day! Sounds like it was just what you needed.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

mentally high-fiving the legs, love it! I bet they really appreciated the full day off :)

B.o.B. said...

isn't resting great?

Denise said...

Sounds like your legs needed that rest day!

I just came back from a b*tch session at lunch about work. I really need to try this no complaining...

J said...

Haha i have those type of thoughts on my runs too...just keep going! 4 runs in three days - sounds like your legs needed a rest!

Diana said...

Great job! I always have a hard time getting out of my funk (either with exercising or in every day life) so I'm impressed that you could change both!

Diana said...

BTW...I linked to your blog (not the post itself...sometimes I have a hard time opening your posts, but not the blog itself). I was talking about the no complaining thing and wanted to link to you. I hope that's ok! If not, let me know :)

joyRuN said...

DOH! I thought of you this morning as I complained my way through report at work. I'll have to try this again tomorrow :) Probably better to ease into a non-complaining mindset when not at work!

Jeri said...

Great job with the no-complaint challenge. This would be SO HARD for me, I'm a negative Nancy sometime. Hopefully you'll rub off on me a bit (ALOT). :)

great job on the runs also.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

So internal complaints count?? Darn it.. LOL.. Keep up the good work.

Kaolee Hoyle said...

Have a great week too!

Quix said...

Love it. I have to take at least 1-2 days off per week, or I start feeling sluggish. I like my lazy-butt-on-the-couch time!

I usually have length as a goal instead of time, so I try to push myself on those ucky days - if I go faster I can get done faster. Usually it works to get me going and by the end I feel fantastic anyway.

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