“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'” — Peter Maher
With record-breaking temps, it’s time to shed the layers and run outdoors. It couldn’t come sooner after an interesting winter, with several cold snaps that tested the hardiest of souls, and spring races not far off.
The best part for me will be early morning runs with Coby, who will turn 20 months old later this month. As a tiny pup, he ran alongside me, trotting alongside me for 2 or 3 miles at a time. After some research, though, I put his running on hiatus. The best information that I could find argued that dogs shouldn’t start a running regimen until they’ve reached full size.
Now, on occasions I grab the leash by the door, Coby still gets excited. Those early runs must be hardwired into his memory — he puts the leash in his mouth and appears ready to pull me along with him.
The warmer weather, and disappearance of snow, means I’ll be returning to runs along the Grand Forks Greenway and streets. My faithful little Golden retriever will soon be joining me on many of those runs.
For the past two days, the lingering effects of Sunday’s half marathon were apparent. A recovery run on Monday was a pain, literally, as sore muscles and a lingering nerve issue made every step memorable. A speed workout for Tuesday promised more of the same.
On Tuesdays, my marathon training plan calls for intervals, one of my favorite workouts. The training cycle calls for a series of 20-second surges, followed by 1-minute recovery jogs, in the middle of the workout. Still, I’ve adapted the plan to running longer intervals with the same recovery jogs. Until today.
Instead, after a 3-mile warmup run, I found myself at a popular park with several soccer fields. My improvisation turned into 10 intervals of 100-meter sprints on the grassy fields and recovery jogs of about 75 meters. With achy muscles, I was thankful for a soft surface.
My hope for the coming season includes plans for several shorter races to focus on increasing speed and leg turnover.
There are several short races coming up on the schedule. This Saturday, runners can expect great temperatures for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K, one of the best running events offered in Fargo. There are numerous other regional races available in the coming weeks and months. Click here to see a race listing.