I wrote earlier about change and how it is good to mix things up once in a while. Well today is Tuesday, and while I ran, it was not a speed workout. I know, shocking. Today was a steady run for 60 minutes keeping my heart rate in zone two. This morning I went to the gym and hopped on the treadmill. I am becoming more friendly with the treadmill. When I need an easy run, I like it far more than the hills in my neighborhood. And it was dark and raining today. With my iPad book and music ready (this time instrumental new age on Pandora) I did exactly what my trainer scheduled – I ran 60 minutes (no walking) and kept my heart rate in zone two. An average of 127 to be exact, with my fastest pace yet on an easy run at 11:25 minute miles.
Stretching and using a foam roller are the next changes I have to make. Well maybe I should say additions. I stretch a little bit here and there, but not consistently. With my mileage ramping up, I am feeling it in my legs and feet. Especially my IT bands, which are so difficult to stretch once they act up. I asked my trainer for tips on foam roller and she sent me a link to take a look at and get ideas. Several other bloggers have commented how helpful the foam roller has been, I will check it out and report back. I also have had problems over the years with plantar fasciitis. Right now I can tell the fascia is tight, but still okay. Stretching the bottom of one’s foot is not an easy thing to do. I prefer a foot roller that works out the kinks. The right shoes help and I use a rigid insole, hopefully I will be able to address the issues now without and problems.
Running on a treadmill, dealing with aches and pains, taking precautions – all things that seem mundane but something I must experience if I want to improve. Such a similarity to life in general. The mundane tasks, the (head) aches and pains, taking precautions when needed must be addressed. Ignoring such things will not make them go away, rather it feeds them and they grow until there is no choice but to address them. In fitness, if I were to stop exercising I would lose the aerobic and muscle strength I have built up, I would not stay stagnate. Same thing in life, if I chose to be stagnate and not address the “issues”, I will regress as a person. There is no stagnancy despite the illusion. Life is too short, I want to move forward. Even if I am stepping forward on a treadmill, it is still forward motion.