I started to write out my whole history with running, but then I decided y'all don't really want to hear/read that. Not like there is much to tell. In a nutshell: I never was a runner, then suddenly decided I wanted to be. Worked my way up to jogging 17 minutes straight on a treadmill, an accomplishment I was proud of, then I stopped. Not deliberately. Things happen. Life changes.
Now I keep trying to get back. It seems that if I did it once, I should be able to do it again, yes?
I tried Couch 2 5K twice last year and it just wasn't working for me. So I decided to just do my own thing, since that worked before. And I set some rules for myself - I would only run twice a week, I would stick to a slow pace, and I would not push myself; if I felt like I needed to take it easy, I would.
It was going swimmingly, and then it wasn't. The problem: my calf muscles get really tight - feel like they are turning into rocks. It's painful. The last couple of times my left foot went numb.
I guess maybe I have to back off and start all over again, but it's frustrating.
Thinking about what I might be doing differently...
- I have been doing longer sessions. The running intervals have been shorter though, with longer walking sessions in between (because I seem to need them)
- I have been doing less yoga
I guess maybe I should try shortening up the sessions and doing more yoga again, see if that makes a difference?