I’ve been running for a few months (again) now but I don’t feel like a runner. Not remotely; not even close.
Take today for example. I knew today was “long” run day- 30 minutes on the schedule. I didn’t sleep well (again) and struggled to get out of bed at noon. I knew I needed to get out and go (rain was on the forecast). So at half one I was half dressed and debating whether to eat and wait to run, or run and
come back go out to eat. The sun had come out, so I went.
(I’ve been having ridiculous shin splints for the past two weeks, so after the Wednesday night run, my workouts have been walking or swimming and I’ve spent as much time icing/heating/compressing/soaking/covered in muscle rub.)
The run went fine, albeit slow, and it was windy out (with a side of sunrain) which sucked. It’s after the run that’s the problem. It’s the fact that it’s 7pm and I could go to sleep right now. It’s the fact that after the run and short ice bath (I know I only went 4.6k, but I was curious to see if this would help my legs). I could hardly walk up the street to the pub for a roast lunch. Walking home was even harder. Right now, if I had to move it would be too soon.
I really hope I feel so exhausted is because I ran without having eaten. Perhaps I am not a person who can run fuelled solely on iced coffee. Perhaps it will get easier; shouldn’t it already be easier? Will I ever get faster? Snails are passing me by. Why am I so tired? Why do I want to eat copious amounts of shortbread?
Please, someone tell me it gets easier?