Much faster than I expected

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For those following along, I did my first kettlebell workout yesterday. It was pretty tough; tougher than I thought it was going to be. That resulted in me having some soreness in my muscles. Which muscles? All of them! Even my neck muscles under my chin! I wasn’t sure how this would effect my run. I expected it would slow me down, and since my last run was relatively slow as compared to previous runs, I decided I’d at least push through the soreness.

I started with 90 push ups. My arms and back (and shoulders) were all sore from the kettlebell routine, so I stopped at 90 push ups. This felt like a victory, all things considered. Then, I hit the sidewalk. Immediately, my legs felt sore, but I figured I’d just push through the soreness and run as best I could. As I read my first mile pace, I was surprised: sub-9/mile. My second mile? Same thing. My third mile was just a hair over 9 min/mile, but I was okay with this. My legs were burning throughout the entire run, and I was able to keep pushing, to continue a decent pace.

I am happy with my average pace considering I had to work through so much discomfort. I am still undecided if I will do another round of kettlebell tomorrow. I guess I’ll wait and see how I feel, but so far, I’m leaning towards a rest day to allow my legs to heal a bit. Even though kettlebell isn’t as demanding on my legs as running is, they feel utterly spent. I don’t want to push to failure. I’ve been doing a good job of living without muscle pain or burn for the past 10 months. There’s no need to introduce that into my life now.

Post-kettlebell muscle ache

I have to admit that I didn’t think the kettlebell workout yesterday was that tough in the beginning. It quickly became pretty tough, and by the end, I was out of breath. Afterward, when walking to pick up the mail, I was surprised at how my legs felt worn out. More so than even after my typical runs.

Well, today, they are downright sore. Not painful, but sore. They feel like they did after I did my very first run last September; like I’d never worked those muscles before. I find this interesting because as a person who runs every other day, I thought my legs were in good shape. Pavel Tsatsouline, author of Simple and Sinister (a book about kettlebell exercise) said that the kettlebell will work muscles that aren’t typically exercised in weight training. He didn’t mention that it would use muscles I don’t even use in running! Either that, or I have gotten to a point in my running where my muscles aren’t really challenged. I think the latter is more likely than the former.

I have a run scheduled for today, and weather willing, I will be out there running again. I just hope I can run with a semblance of speed. I am not looking to break any records, but my last run was really slow in the heat, and kind of disappointing to see the pace drop off by over a minute per mile on average. I’d like to stay in the 9’s today if at all possible, but with the muscle pain I have, I think that may be a tough order.

I’m going from three exercises to six per week this week, and I know it’s going to be tough on me. I don’t think it will be too much, though, considering that my non-running days will be working muscles in a different way, and mostly different parts of my body. But, time will tell. If anything, I’ll definitely get stronger, which is what I’m after.