I just wanna run

I'll agree that yes, my friend A and I are on the trip of a lifetime. I mean, when else would we be so free of responsibilities that we could just up and leave for three weeks? Yes, I saved up my vacation and hard earned $ to make it happen, but with other commitments it just wouldn't be possible.

But all this walking, bike riding and lugging a 30lb backpack around just has me aching to run. At the end of every day, the bottoms of my feet, my low back and my knees all hurt from the 5-10 miles of walking or biking we are doing. The runners were out in full force throughout Paris training for their various races and it was all I could do not to run after them. Plus, we had museums and cathedrals to see and gelato and crepes to eat.

The knees are still not 100%, but reading my recent Runner's World on the train to Munich today had me promising myself that when I do come back to running (as soon as I land in the states), I'm going to take it easy. Just slow and steady, 15-30 min at a time, three times a week, until my knees are happy and my body is feeling strong again. I always overdo it, but not this time. This time I'll follow the tortoise's game plan because what I've been doing hasn't been working. I'm going to allow myself a rest day here and there, and so should you.

Cheers to beers! We are taking full advantage of the beer gardens here tomorrow night and I can't wait!


Siri said…
We were in Munich just 2 months ago! Stay away from the weird brothy soup served with skinny, soggy pancake strips (they look like baby snakes!)

Also- take it easy on yourself. Sounds like you're getting tons of exercise in, even though it's not your scheduled tempo runs and what not. Enjoy your time on this side of the ocean!

-Siri Mom

p.s. so glad you're a brown cheese lover!
Amber said…
I definitely agree you should take it slow when you get back. That's what I'm doing this time around too, if my knees or shins hurt and I want to walk then I'll walk! It's working out well for me so far :-)
Heather C said…
Sounds like you are having such a great time :) And I have no doubt you'll be back and running - takin' it easy when you need to, and feeling strong in no time!

ha Cheers to Beers! I love it!
Enjoy your last week in Europe!!

It's so hard to be patient w/ our bodies & ease back into things when our bodies are hurting... but it's so important! I hope you are back to 100% soon!

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