I reached a milestone of sorts recently when I ran – without stopping – around the 2.6-mile trail at Lake Padden.
As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’m sort of a fair-weather runner and don’t devote my life to it. In fact, the last few years as I’ve been busy with my kids running really hasn’t been on my radar.
I started running again last summer before I started working with Jaime, and it took me all summer (admittedly running only about once a week) to get to the point where I could almost cover the distance without slowing to a walk.
This summer was different. After dealing with the frustration of an injured knee this spring, derailing my initial efforts to start running, I decided I was ready to start again earlier this month. My first time out was fairly successful, but as one of the first hot days of the summer, my body wasn’t acclimated to the heat and I ended up walking to fend off a stomach cramp. I also wasn’t prepared to tackle the hills on my route. All in all, though, it was a good run for my first time out to Padden in several months.
At the same time, I’ve been training on another trail near my house. It’s a shorter distance, 1.2 miles, and I usually go around twice. Like Padden, it has a couple of short hills that add challenge – along with dodging dogs and their people. This shorter run is where I’ve been building up my endurance with a run-walk conditioning program, as advised by Jaime.
I have been tackling Padden once a week, and training on the other trail once a week as well. Add to this my weekly personal training session with Jaime, another one or two days of resistance training a week, plus a day or two of yoga, and I’ve been working hard to get in shape.
It all paid off when my second week back at Padden I ran the entire 2.6 miles without stopping. Victory!
As I ran, I thought about my friend Stephanie, who’s also a client of Jaime’s. Last month she completed the Lake Padden triathlon – swimming, biking, then running. While people were telling her she should just take the last leg easy and walk, she was determined to run it. I knew that if Stephanie could run the trail after swimming and biking, there was no reason I couldn’t just run around it once. She served as great inspiration!
The next week I went back for my run, wondering if the last week had been a fluke. About two-thirds of the way around, I knew I could do it again. And I did.
It feels great to be running, and I really credit Jaime’s training with getting me functionally strong to accomplish my goals. Now I just have to convince myself I like running in the winter months as well.
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