I know I need to start throwing down some longer runs but I absolutely love running up and down the mountain near my work. Max I’m getting on these runs is 3 miles but I really feel like I’m building leg strength because of the elevation gain and climbing that I have to do. Plus it gets down to 30* in the early morning and that is WAY too cold for me to run lol.
So yesterday on my lunch break I hit the mountain pretty good. Total distance ended up being just over 3 miles and total elevation gain was 828 ft. Ascent time to the saddle was pretty typical of what I’ve been throwing down lately so I was pretty pleased with my climbing. The descent was where I was feeling a bit concerned. My body felt really clunky and my legs didn’t feel as springy as they typically do. There could still be some lingering effects from my runs over the weekend but I don’t particularly like that feeling when I’m coming down the mountain. I felt like I was stomping and plodding the whole way down the mountain. It made me feel a bit out of control which can always lead to a slip or fall, and those are never good. Regardless, I made it down the mountain safely and overall in a pretty good time for my lunch break runs.
Something I’ve been noticing is that I’ve been running pretty free as of late. My legs feel amazing and I’ve been able to lace up my shoes and just go out for runs. It feels like for the longest time I was monitoring my ITB or my PF and a slew of other nagging injuries that was always in the back of my mind even on recovery runs. The last couple weeks all that has been gone and I’ve been able to just enjoy running again. Now I’m probably jinxing myself right now by actually calling it out, but I think we can all agree that if feels pretty amazing when your body is feeling good.
Ever have that feeling of “oh man I’m running a little ragged right now, this is not good!!” ??
Have you ever had that “free” feeling or are you constantly battling little nagging pains??