Distance: 3 mi
Miles to go: 1991
Ok… I admit it… I’m weak. Not mentally, that weakness is a long established fact. Put a beer in front of me and watch what happens. And you might want to stand back.
The weakness I am referring to is physical.
See, I had to run on the treadmill last night because of some really odd severe weather (a tornado warning… IN JANUARY??? WTF!!) that had it pouring BUCKETS most of the day. I picked a program that started me out on a hill and gradually tapered the hill as the speed increased. I was supposed to peak at about an 8:30 pace. The program is set for 40 minutes. But about 20 minutes into it… I felt… weak. Not seriously, clinically weak like I was having a heart attack or anything. This weakness was obviously due to inactivity over the last 2 months.
Maybe weakness is a bad word. How about “lack of endurance”. I just ran out of gas at about 3 miles. This was hard for me. Three miles used to be a warm up for whatever run I was actually going to do that day. So to be breathing hard, jelly legged and straining after 3 miles was an experience I have not had in a long time.
I’m not mad or upset. Heck, I ran three miles! I guess I was more surprised than anything. I knew I would lose some of my fitness level. I guess I just didn’t know how much. Anyway, I got off the treadmill and recovered a bit, then went in and lifted weights. I am able to do about 3 sets of 25 sit ups now and I can do single leg lifts, so it’s gradually improving.
If I can find a dry spot (wish me luck… we got over 3 inches of rain yesterday) I am going to try to put in another 3 or 4 today. The temperatures are supposed to start falling gradually today and be back down into the 30s by the end of the week so it will be back to a more “normal” January existence. This should be disappointing to all the frogs that started coming out last night…!