Hoorah!! I've officially entered a running block. Lots and lots of running -- running at tempo, running up hills, running steady, running bricks, running, running running!
I've been doing hip strengthening exercises since I met with my coach in December, and gradually, my weak and puny muscles are getting stronger. The weakest part of my body is at the very top of my legs where my legs join the torso. I could really feel those little muscles working overtime yesterday during my hilly long run.
The only place for a hilly run in the Pass this time of year is up the skidoo trails. Up to a certain point, the trails are somewhat solid, but when you start getting back up in the mountains, the trails are not packed at all. Yesterday, with every step I would sink to my ankles or to my shins. I had to get creative with the negative-speak that kept popping into my head. And boy did those little top-leg muscles work!!! WHOOIIEEE!!!
This morning I had my first swimming workout with a pair of fins. The set was right at the end of my workout -- and I was getting excited about how it would feel to put on a pair of fins. It was really cool -- you can really zip with those things, eh?
I have a tempo run later this afternoon and am ready for any negative self-talk that might crop up when I push myself again. I am ready for it!!!! :) :) :) :) :)