I miss it. From waking up at 4 a.m. on race day to the rush of adrenaline that you experience when the green flag drops; lord do I miss it.
I miss asking my wife for song suggestions for a pulse-thumping playlist two days before the race. I miss the butterflies and anxiety that you experience while lying in bed the night prior to the gun going off. And yes, I even miss the tightness in my left thigh that caught me off guard at the nine-mile mark. This past Saturday marked my half-marathon debut, and I miss every knee-jarring, sweat-producing, calf-burning, runners-high-producing second of it.
“To treadmill, or not to treadmill, that is the question;Whether ‘tis Nobler in the minds to sufferThe burning sensation of dry, cold airOr to pre-set the Keurig to brew in 90 minutesAnd doth run from the comfort of home”
- Not Hamlet
We’re well into winter, and here in the Midwest (Indianapolis, to be exact) that means one thing: cold temperatures and inclement weather abounds. I’ve always struggled a bit with getting my lungs acclimated to winter’s bone-chilling temperatures. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than getting amped up for an outdoor run only to step outside, take a few deep breaths, and feel like Mother Nature just went all Lizzie Borden (Stab! Hack! Slash!) on your lungs. The cold air hurts, the dry air hurts, but I just want to run! So what’s a runner to do?
For as long as I’ve been running I’ve always kept track of my runs. Be it with paper and pencil or in an Excel spreadsheet I’ve found that keeping track of my mileage keeps me on track, healthy, and motivated.
Whether you’re running for recreation, to keep up with your training, or looking to PR your next #Anywhere5k Running Sphere will help you. Before you start logging your miles on Running Sphere, let me share a few words about the tool.
I’m not a particularly big person, but I do recall the days of old when I wrestled 152 and hovered around 160 pounds in the off season. When I hit my 30s my metabolism slowed and my weight increased. By then I was running less, working a sit down job, and maintaining the same high-calorie diet I did when I ran 50+ miles per week.
Needless to say, I got fat. It didn’t really hit me until I stepped on the scale and saw 2-0-0. Enough! I set goals. Got back into running. Dropped habits. And utilized an iPhone app named Lose It! to keep my eating habits in check and shed 18 pounds.
I remember my first track practice in high school. It was still winter, so my team ran laps on the hard cement around the school’s upper floor. The next morning, it felt like someone tore my shins out and replaced them with burning knives. I will never forget that feeling, and never run on cement again.
Shin splints can be any one of many injuries affecting the lower parts of your leg or foot. The pain can be anywhere from annoying to excruciating, causing some beginning runners to hang up their shoes for good. So how do we deal with, or better yet, avoid shin splints?