Running and I have not been getting along lately. None of my runs have gone well for a while. Occasionally I’ll feel good for a small part of the run and I’m still getting the mental boost, but physically they have just felt awful.
Some of my issue is the heat. I don’t like hot weather and I don’t enjoy being sticky and Mother Nature has thrown summer at us early and often this June. I also have a bit of difficulty breathing when it’s super humid. It usually works itself out by mid-summer, so I try not to stress about it at the beginning.
I’ve also been really tired lately. I actually slept 10 hours on Friday night and was still tired all day Saturday. Walking up the stairs wears me out. My legs feel like lead. My body just feels beaten up. I think the problem there may be iron. I am always right on the edge of being anemic, so I had red meat for dinner last night and took my iron pills (I never remember to take them on a regular basis.) I’m going to try to remember my supplements daily for a while and see if there is some improvement. If not, I’ll check with my doctor in a couple of weeks.
So, why did I label this post “putting my shoes on?” Well, despite taking 4 days off a two weeks ago and no major mileage last week, my right calf refuses to get with the barefoot running program. It’s always really tight and is often sore. I don’t think I’m courting injury, but I don’t know. Today we have absolutely gorgeous weather. The kind of weather that begs you to run. My calf said “uh uh, no way” after I walked Jones to school and walked home. I *really* wanted to run.
So I ran in my Mizuno running shoes. And my calf was thrilled. And I really don’t know where I’ll be going from here…