Some Days Require Flexibility

Sometimes circumstances create an environment where it is beneficial to be flexible. Today was a day that required flexibility – even though it is mid-January in Northeast Ohio the temperature by 9:00 this morning was 50 degrees. Such a glorious rare occurrence, I had to run outside! Usually I would head to the gym on Saturday morning to cycle and then swim. The forecast for tomorrow is calling for rain, a perfect day to workout inside – so I switched up my workouts to take advantage of the beautiful morning.

My run itself went well, but I do feel a little fatigued running in my hilly neighborhood. It also was a little challenging to stay in my zone two without a brief walk every mile. My goal was to keep my heart rate average in the low 130’s. When ever I approached 138 I would slow my pace and if it didn’t pull back I took a brief walking break until my heart rate dropped to 120, then I would be back to my run pace.

The hardest part remains the pride issue. I am very capable of running without walking, and running at a faster pace, but my heart rate jumps into my zone three. Twice I saw other runners while I was walking and I felt I owed them an explanation for my lame walking, it was a character developing exercise to not say anything and just smile as they passed. The good news is that despite my excruciating slow pace, I still managed to keep my average pace under 13 minute miles. Just typing that was hard! I know I can run long in the 11 minute range, but it would help my ego far more than my efficiency. As I chugged along on this beautiful morning, I kept telling myself that it is making me stronger and I will see the results of my efforts within a few weeks.

Flexibility came into play in more than one way today. The good kind – changing my weekend workouts to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Then there is the challenging kind – being flexible with my expectations. Believing I am able also requires patience as I build the base to get to the next level.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

8 thoughts on “Some Days Require Flexibility

  1. I hear you about the walking bits…I can’t run and keep my HR in Zone 2… My run splits this morning were mostly in the 13’s and a couple of 12’s…tell me this is worth it…..

    1. It is worth it!! Last year this time I had to walk much more than run to stay in zone 2. If I were running on flat land I wouldn’t have to walk much now. Keep at it Cindy!

  2. Flexibility and keeping our egos in check have benefits far beyond our fitness pursuits – consider it practice for other life events.

    Pittsburgh had the same glorious weather yesterday. 🙂

  3. I can relate to not wanting to slow your pace. My instincts are always to work harder and faster. But your discipline will stand you in good stead later in the season.

  4. Hey, no matter what you got out and did it. I had the same weather and mindset–just so nice to run in the 50s this time of year!

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