Sunday, April 28, 2013

Making up for running isn't as hard as it is for something else

The previous post I made was a rant of the lack of focus in running as work gets in its way.  For the past work week I thought that I would never get back on track – this with the opening of our branch at Pulilan; it was a Friday – scheduled for a morning 5k run to prep for a Saturday long run, but instead, had to wake up 5am to be at the office by 7am to travel.

Basically it was a day full of tiresome standing/walking and road trips as we visited 2 stores in the north – Marquee Mall and S&R Pampanga.  I enjoyed it as well as I got to visit the two stores.  But what excited me more was seeing R.O.X. shop at Marquee Mall.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to go inside it as I had no time.  So I just waved goodbye at it as we passed by (also saw R.O.X. when we went to CDO this Monday, but again didn’t get to go inside).  Would’ve gotten myself a visor had I gone inside.

 Dubia colony - kinda cute
Anyway, yes that day was a tiring day that I never thought of running in the morning.  But I got this text message late in the day that I could get the feeders of my spiders in Monumento area at 7:00am the next day.  Since I really needed those feeders, I decided to run and get it at the same time.

As it is with “all” spider/feeders hobbyist that I happen to come across with, they’re late!  By 7am I was already at the meeting place after having ran 7km.  I managed to run at least 3km more while waiting for him to arrive.  Anyway after having met him, 30 minutes after the agreed time and knowing that he forgot to bring my order (but he gave me another set that’s of bigger value for my inconvenience, thank you) I finally got to run back home for an additional 3.5km.  It was around 8am this time so the sun was waaaay up high.

It was amazing to see that I have managed to run 13.5km that day.  Although the run-walk-rest in between while waiting for the delivery boy could’ve been a factor why I got to run that long without the heaviness.

Since it bothers me that much thinking that I have “cheated” my way to 13.5km that day, I decided to run the next day again.  I decided to just run a 5k that day, just to be sure that I maximize mileage without injuring me.  But on the 3.5km mark, it felt easy – so I just ran until I got to my starting point, and it was 8km.

Around 55 miles for April
So there it was, running a good 13.5k plus 8k on a weekend that I thought would be nothing more of a R&R weekend, and I felt my calf and quads stiff.  I applied cold compress on those stiff muscles (while I got to sleep 3 times yesterday).  They’re not that sore when I woke up this morning – which is a very welcome thing!

Overall, I reached the 90km mileage for April, a little down from the 106km last March (where there was a long weekend plus a 10-miler race I joined).  Not bad at all, coming from a week where I thought would be a disaster for my target mileage.  I might add another 5k tomorrow for my morning run.  Making up for running isn’t as hard as making up for other things - Its quite enjoyable actually. 

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