I ran in a true “snow” for the first time yesterday morning. Granted, it was only a couple of inches, but I decided to try to do it without Yak Traks, et al. (mainly because I don’t have any). The route started with a relatively flat warmup and then went up a big hill at about mile one. My legs started feeling immediately fatigued and it felt like I was running on the beach. By the time we were done, my butt and hamstrings really hurt. It was muscle sore, but still. I could feel myself defending every step because I was worried about slipping. Those old demons appeared again from the days when my back was hurting really bad and I felt very unstable. I was afraid through the entire run that I would fall. While I know that if I continue to run in adverse conditions I will get more comfortable, I really didn’t enjoy this run. I just felt tense the entire time. I think I will take a bit more consideration of elements before I do this again until I am a bit more prepared.
This morning I went to the pool and swam 1200 yards. I also managed 600 without stopping! I know this is no great feat, but it is a new distance record for me so I’m happy. I find that if I can just relax for the first few laps of a long stretch, I get past the “pump” where my muscles feel tight and then I get into a rhythm that I can carry for long stretches. I really felt like I could have gone several hundred more yards, but I need to take it in moderation. If I can get to 1000 yards by the end of February I will be very excited. I still suffer from form breaks and my legs sink when I get tired, but I can feel it now and have learned some things to help correct it. I am really hoping I can get in on the group training that is being offered by our local club. It’s supposed to start in February (if it goes). I think this is a perfect next step for me.