Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kara Goucher I'm not and running around Green Valley.

Yesterday I ran 11 miles. I ran during the middle of the day and it was quite warm. My goal was just to complete the distance. I have a very hilly 10 mile route that I love to run. It is 5 miles out and 5 miles back to the start point. The first 5 miles are uphill with some rolling hills the next 5 are down hill the same way back. Before I had my son. I could complete this route in about 80 minutes. I did this route last week and it took me just over 90 minutes. The run started off well but as the noon sun beat down upon me I began to wonder if I was going to do the full ten. I got to the turn around point and I decided that I just didn't want to take the same way home. I started snaking my way downhill through side streets to the starting point. I stopped for water and ice about halfway through the run. I kept looking at my watch thinking, "wow you are slow" It turns out that by going a different way back I had tacked on an additional mile. I'm happy that I tricked myself into running another mile.

It has been almost nine months since I gave birth to my son. The rule I have heard is "that it's nine months on and then nine months off".  I am still waiting for my body to return to it's pre pregancy shape. I have about 7lbs to loose and some speed to regain. I find it amazing that some women can return to racing shape so quickly. I'm not an elite athlete. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I just hoped to be further along by now. 

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful area you are running in, Dolly. Thank you for sharing and happy training to you!