Today’s plan called for a 35 minute recovery run. I had decided last night that I would do this run on the treadmill so that I wouldn’t have to get up early to beat the heat. I really wanted to sleep in. I didn’t sleep the best until after I woke up at 5:30 to use the restroom. I went back to bed and the next thing I knew it was 8:45! I needed that.
It was 11:30 before I decided to step away from the computer and run. Turns out, I was NOT in the mood for a treadmill run, so I went out and ran driveway laps instead. It was 77°F (25°C) with 61% humidity. On paper, that doesn’t sound too bad, but it felt like I was running under water – just had a hard time breathing. I’m assuming it was the humidity that was the culprit, even though it has been higher lately and I haven’t had that feeling when running. It’s a mystery to me. I probably should have used my inhaler before going out.
I tried really hard to keep my HR in the prescribed Zone 1. Even at a snail’s pace, that didn’t happen. Running so slow was a mental challenge. Waiting for that first mile to buzz on my watch was excruciating. It seemed to take forever. (Maybe because it practically did. 😆 ) I tried to trust that there is a good reason for slow recovery runs and to just enjoy the fact that I was running and it truly was EASY. Even last year, I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to say that a run, at any pace, was easy.
Stats: Walked 1.0 mile in 16:48 minutes for a 3.6 mph pace. Ran 2.50 miles in 37:22 minutes for a 14:57 min/mile (4.0 mph) pace. My average HR was 136 bpm with a max of 150 bpm. Elevation gained was 657 feet. My HR was in Zone 2 for 89% of the time.
I went to mom’s at 2pm in order to help with her lawn mowing for the week. I did the weed eating while my brother did the open areas with his zero turn mower and my mom used the push mower to get the areas he couldn’t get. I thought we were going to get rained on, but it just barely sprinkled. I worked there for about 45 minutes. I’m glad all of the mowing is done for the week already.
Do you find that recovery runs are mentally hard to do?