As you know, a little over a month ago, I embraced the RRCA theory of running slow to run fast. It basically involves running a LOT of miles slowly. Tonia and G recently embraced this method and have been knocking out PRs left and right, so it does work. Unfortunately, I managed to injure myself while I was still in the very beginning of building my mileage to the kind of mileage RRCA recommends, so I had yet to see those kind of gains.
Right now, I’m instead embracing a different theory. It’s the “run slow to run at all” theory. I ran three times last week for a grand total of 6.3 miles. Two of the runs were very slow on the treadmill and were pain free. The last run was in my hilly neighborhood, not quite as slow, and in the wrong pair of shoes (not my new ones). Guess what? Yep, I had some pain. I could definitely feel it on the uphills and there were some twinges on the downhills. Thankfully, my digestive system got in on the act and I ended up walking the last half mile home, thereby saving myself from really hurting myself again.
So, for now, I’m running slowly and I’m running on the treadmill. But at least I’ll be running.
I’ll also be hitting up the gym and taking Bikram yoga and taking my Vitamin D and hoping I can manage to keep the darkness at bay until I can really hit the pavement again.
Any other suggestions for beating the winter blahs? I can use everything I can find since I’m not getting my requisite running endorphins right now.