Hansons Marathon Method: Week 3

Weekly Mileage: 21 miles

Total Mileage: 49 miles

Remember how I told y’all last week that I was going to make early morning runs happen?

Well, not 15 minutes into my Thursday morning run, I almost ran over a giant Snapping Turtle.  Look.

Snapping Turtle

So blurry, I know.

I actually love all turtles, but generally speaking, unless you are engaging in Turtle Search & Rescue on the open road, it’s best to keep a distance in my opinion.

In case you thought that was where All Of The Drama ended, think again.  We had a beast of a storm on Friday evening that left my running trail looking like this.

Tree 3 Tree 1 Tree 2

Part of it is still obstructed by a downed power line (which also means that there are a lot of people nearby without power!), so that keeps things exciting, no?

All of that aside, I’ve really been enjoying the opportunity to run before work rather than after – the chance to enjoy the sunrise has been a wonderful gift.  And I’ve been able to do yoga out on the deck in the afternoons as a result.  This is not a bad trade-off.

I’m continuing to really make time for yoga and foam rolling so that I can keep my feet (the right one especially) in-shape to run.

One thing that I learned during last year’s Festival Of Physical Therapy is that I am a toe runner.  Or as my PT more accurately described it, when I ran this way I was essentially jumping from toe to toe instead of really striking at all.  The transition from that “form” of running to a midfoot strike has been a challenging one over the past year.  I have had to spend so much time learning to run properly upright (apparently I looked vaguely reminiscent of a hunchback) and have had to build enough muscle in my glutes to actually have glutes to “use.”

I don’t ordinarily consider myself to be someone who struggles with patience, but this (year-long) season has really tested that.  This week I am thankful for the miles spent running into the sun.

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3 responses to “Hansons Marathon Method: Week 3

  1. Someday I will be able to get up in the morning and exercise again. I use to all the time for about three years. I was up at 5:45am and was home by 7:00am. It was so great. I’m just too tired with babies right now. Although, now with summer here, I’ve been going right after breakfast while the kids are doing chores and things. And I get home just before lunch. It’s a close second to the morning workouts.

    A storm huh? Yes that is a full fledged storm I would say. Mondays are beach days, our church group goes on Monday. Today it was rainy and cold. My kids told me we were still going. So I did what any mom of seven would do and packed up her kids took them to the beach in the rain and cold and sat while they played, boogie boarded and sported around having a blast. I hope they know how great they’re mom is… 🙂 Actually some of my other friends came and they bailed and said, “you staying?” And I said, “yep, they’re having fun and the mess is here not at my house.” I’m all for kids gettting out and coming home exhausted. It’s the best.

    Kat, good for you with all of your mileage. I learn so much from you. Miss you and love you,

    Shauna xoxoxoxxo

  2. I’ve seen so many turtles this summer. I think it’s the year of the turtle 🙂

  3. Learning to run?? Sounds hard. I don’t envy you.

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