Tonight I started easing back into a running routine. 30 minutes easy. I will rinse and repeat a few more times this week. I'll also mix in some XT with the bike/elliptical.
Tonight I thought about what do I think about while I run due to a question someone recently asked on the Runners World message boards. Well, what did I think about tonight? I thought about how pretty the sunset was. I thought very hard about keeping my cadence up so I wouldn't heel strike. I could really tell when my mind would wander and I'd get lazy and start to heel strike. I could feel it in my knees.
I thought about how hill training is a part of every workout I do. It's unavoidable. If I walk out my front door I go downhill. To get home I have to go uphill. That experience really helps in races. I can't avoid hills so I've made peace with them and try to use them to my best advantage.
I thought about how if I can do 30 minutes tonight, then tomorrow I could crank it up to 45 minutes. Then I thought that would be really dumb. I'm trying to ease back into a routine, not get hurt again. In fact tomorrow a bike ride and/or some elliptical time would be far more helpful.
Is there an aspect of running that you really dislike but you've embraced because it makes you a better runner?