I've started my half-marathon training. Wow. Running is no joke. It is completely different than spinning and just because you excel at one does NOT mean you will excel at the other. Running has been hugely challenging for me but I am keeping at it in hopes that it gradually feels more natural and I am confident going into my first (maybe only) half-marathon.
My first group run was two Saturdays ago. My friend Kristine had invited me to a Pilates ProWorks class she was hosting later that day. I'm always game to try a new workout, and I wanted to hang out, and who are we kidding. I love a free class. So I said yes and patted myself on the back for my two-a-day.
Hard core. I still don't have one.
Big mistake. Huge mistake. Oh, I loved seeing my pal and I had a great time. But clearly I did something wrong. The hour-long class consisted of half Pilates reformer and half Barre TRX. It was hard as hell and I don't know exactly what happened, but I woke up the next morning in excruciating pain. (And I'm certain the 12 glasses of wine I'd had that night at an engagement party didn't help matters much.)
I'm still not sure what happened, but I've had a golf-ball sized knot in the spot between my lower back and right hip ever since. I've missed several workouts because of it, and will have to rework my exercise calendar accordingly. Le sigh.
Last week, I expressed my concerns to my team run coach. This past Saturday at our group run, she found me right at the start and stayed with me the whole time. We stopped every few minutes to do a stretch she showed me, and it definitely helped. She commented on my form and told me to keep going, that she is proud of me, and that I'm doing great. She's also a personal trainer and if I can scrounge up the cash when this is all said and done, I'm definitely hiring her! She's wonderful.
I'm still struggling. I'm not as strong as I thought I was. I get tired and frustrated and wonder how people do this all the time and make it look so effortless. I want so badly to love this the way that others do. I want to be good at it. I want to have the feelings post-run that I experience after a SoulCycle class. I know I have to keep at it. I just wish it came a bit easier to me.
This weekend will be our third group training. My cousin, Julie, will be in town and I'm so excited to have her along. She is the reason I am doing all of this and I know that spending time with her and experiencing this with her in person will continue to inspire me and push me forward.
Are you a runner? What keeps you going? Will I ever move past this snail's pace phase?