I decided Friday that I wanted to do another running challenge with my birthday as the deadline/goal line. I had just run a bit over two miles, and I could feel the pain (though it was slight, I am not accustomed to two miles being any sort of painful). And so I decided 66 miles total by my birthday, the end of February (most years, anyway).
With the consideration of upping it to 100 miles, I got myself out on another run today – I realized that running two miles every day would get me close to 100 anyway, and so, the more I run, the longer the distances get, and the less often I have to run (meaning not daily). It ended on top of the riverbank hill, watching the sun set behind the clouds blocking Mt Fuji (Bummer, I know, but it was still beautiful.). And that was great, except that, once I attempted to walk back home, I could barely use my legs.
As I had been running, it had felt like the second day of cross country practice all over again – a painful, when will this ever end beginning to my dislike of what was once one of my favorite pastimes. Standing in my hot shower after the run, my right knee was swollen, and my legs felt worse than they have in years, as though preparing to give out beneath me, and crying silently all the while.
So, now I’m unsure as to what will happen with my running challenge, as I also have a swollen spot on the right side of my lower back (first time for that one), which also hurts… hmm.
The whole idea was a sort of way for me to release pent-up energy regularly, and to get myself fit like I want again. Kind of like a Happy Birthday to me thing. Let’s hope I wake up revived and well in the morning, shall we? Yes, let’s. 🙂