MENTALLY CHALLENGING RECOVERY RUN

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?

9 thoughts on “MENTALLY CHALLENGING RECOVERY RUN

  1. I am always glad to get the mowing done here for the week, but boy, your mom’s lawn and your lawn sound like they are so big! I would be relieved to get the chore done as well.
    I have a treadmill that I used to love to run on every day. When the pandemic hit my husband had to start working right next to it so unless I wanted to get up super early (I did at first and then stopped) I had to run outside. He was traveling last week and I COULD have run on it every day but I could not find that motivation either. I have turned into a rain or shine outdoor runner. At least for this year, I guess!

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    1. It’s always a relief to get a weekly chore done early in the week.

      Good for you for running outdoors, rain or shine. I still like to use the treadmill for some of my running, just not today. LOL

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  2. Waiting for my Garmin to buzz sometimes takes an eternity, too! I’m glad I use kilometres instead of miles because it doesn’t take as long, haha!
    Well done for avoiding the treadmill – dealing with the outdoor challenges makes us stronger.

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  3. Definitely would choose outdoors over a treadmill even if it is hot!

    Not a fan of recovery runs because i like to rest the day after a long run. But sometimes that is the only day the run fits due to weather and schedueling.

    God for you getting it done.

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