On The Move

I realised this evening that I hadn’t run for a whole week. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to run. On the contrary, I would have loved to have escaped from the chaos of packing and cleaning and working, but moving to a new flat is pretty exhausting when you’re doing it on your own. I even used public transport instead of my usual foot commute today, which I haven’t done in over a year!

Still, now that I have moved all of my stuff and done most of what I have to do to sort out the old flat, I decided to get moving and go for a run.

My new flat is a little bit further from the beach than the old one, but as it was getting dark by the time I was ready to go out, I figured that the seafront was still my best option. I did, however, start my run before I got that far and soon remembered why I like to run on the promenade. No traffic to slow me down! Still, as I hadn’t run for a week, I wasn’t going to worry about improving my pace. I just wanted to get out there and run the 2.5 miles for Week 7 of C25K.

When I got to Hove Lawns, I noticed that there weren’t too many people on the grass, probably because it was starting to get dark and it isn’t as warm as it has been. There were a few dog walkers and runners around, so I decided to join them on the lawns rather than run on the promenade itself.

I’m not sure what I expected, but apart from a few bumps around the paths, the lawns felt pretty good to run on. Slower, yes, but somehow easier on my legs. It probably has something to do with the softer surface having less impact on the joints – or at least that’s what I’m hoping. I often experience some pain in my right hip after I’ve been running, so time will tell if running on the grass helps or not.

Either way, it was fun trying something different.

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Have you tried running on different surfaces? How does it affect your pace? Does it help with running related injuries? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

 

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8 thoughts on “On The Move”

  1. Good for you getting out there!! Moving can be so exhausting so I’m glad you still had enough energy to run. I’ve often thought about running on the track at the local high school but haven’t tried it yet…so far I’ve stuck to the same old asphalt in my neighborhood.

    1. Thanks Sharon. We don’t have a track around here, but I’d love to try running on one. While I’m usually a creature of habit, I really enjoyed varying my route last night – a lot of fitness groups use the lawns for training so it was interesting watching what they were up to as I was running along.

  2. I used to run on a school track, and suffered horrible shin splints!! I took a break from running, and when I restarted, I run on a trail near my home- mostly dirt path- and it is so much easier on my body! I also cannot do a treadmill- it kills my knees….(and I find it seriously boring lol)

    1. Lol! I don’t like the thought of using a treadmill either as I enjoy seeing other people out running. In saying that, I did have an exercise bike once, but it soon turned into a clothes horse. 😉

  3. There is an interesting article in Runners World that talks about how when we land on the same foot each time we exhale, it’s more common to get hurt on either the right or left side, so this guy recommends doing an uneven breathing pattern like inhale for 3 steps, exhale for 2, and that more evenly distributes the stress. I just thought of that when you said it was always the right hip hurting, might be worth looking at? http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/running-air-breathing-technique?page=single

  4. It’s funny you mention the difference in feel b’c that’s just how I felt when I ran on a wooded path at about week 9 in c25k over the summer. I was noticeably slower, but it felt much springier – if that’s a word – it was easier on my feet, and my knees, and my legs in general.

    I am hoping to get back to running by the end of the week. I ran my first real 5K on Saturday, and didn’t come in last – yay me – but since then I just have not been able to run. I want to. Just haven’t been able to. Hoping to get out tomorrow or Friday. Good for you for getting back to it. 🙂

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