So starting off in the gym running on the treadmil is very different from getting out on the road and running. First of all, there are A LOT of hills by my house!
Saturday was the first long run day and I was unable to complete the run. I started off by my house and like I said, there are a lot of hills so it didn't matter where I ran. I decided to run to the end of Catalina Street which has awesome views of both downtown San Diego and the Ocean! A little over a mile into my run, all up hill, I started feeling my calves burning and I felt like I was going to hurt myself so I stopped running. I turned around aheaded back to my house at a very slow pace. faster than walking but not quite running. The whole run lasted 35 minutes.
I was going to try again on my rest day, but several friends experienced in distance running told me that I needed to rest on my rest days, so I did. Today I was supposed to run for 40 minutes at an easy pace. I decided to go for it and was able to accomplish the long run this time. I had to walk for about 5 minutes at the top of the hill. I noticed that when I turned around to start heading back, there were different muscles that were sore this time. I was able to run the whole way back to my house but ran into a little problem. My pedometer said that I had only ran 4 miles but the routes I picked from my Active Trainer said that it was over 5 miles. I decided to just add an extra mile just to be safe.
I am pretty sore today so I am glad it is a cross training day :^0! My left achilles is really sore, I would say 8 on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being injured. I want to make sure i do not injur myself but it is hard determining if this soreness is borderline injury, or normal? I am going to be optimistic here and say it is normal ;).
I think that for my cross training today I will swim! It is not everyday that you get to swim in an outdoor pool in January!!!
1 week down and 19 to go!!!!!!!!!