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After Wednesday's run - planning ahead

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The clock said 8:30. I'd gotten home at 11pm last night, eaten dinner and read until I could sleep, so 8:30 sounded really early, but there it was. I woke up and found the pile of running clothes, got ready, and headed out the door. Wednesday and Thursday are probably the days I struggle the most with, as far as getting in a workout, just because of the way my weeks work.

It felt really cold. In reality it was probably about 55 but I'm used enough to Florida weather that 55 is cold now. My legs felt stiff, especially in the weak spots. It's easy for me to identify them, especially in the morning. Back of the left knee, left lower back (as a result of the first one), right ankle and achilles. The warm up walk only loosened everything up a little, but it was time to go.

I decided to try the 169 bpm mix today, and at the beginning it felt really fast! After a few rounds of run/walk though, it suddenly got "normal" feeling. Definitely a little more of a push than 166, but not even close to too much to handle. Cool. I didn't seem to be going any faster though, which was a little annoying. Maybe I just shortened my stride to fit the rhythm, which would probably be good for me anyway. Speed will happen. I just need to keep telling myself that.

I reached the turn-around maybe a few meters further than I'd gone last time, dutifully turned around and started back. The 169 sometimes felt easy, sometimes felt like a bit of a push. I started to feel warm just after turning around, and seemed to settle in to the run. The walking sections felt better today too, less like my form wanted to get all weird and slouchy as soon as I slowed down.

I finished the last run/walk set a little beyond where I'd started the first one. My run back was faster than my run out by just a bit, which makes sense as the stiffness had gone away. Cooled down with a short walk and headed upstairs for some well anticipated coffee and breakfast.

So... my goal of 2.5 miles on these short runs by March seems possible. If I can just add a meter or three most times I go out there, just a tiny bit more push, it should happen. Still breathing easy, so no worries there.

The next run is Saturday's, and at this point in the training plan I'm using I get a choice. I can either do a repeat of last week's 5 miles, or I can do a 5k run instead. I've been going back and forth about it for a couple of days, and wanted to make a decision after today's run so that I go into it with a solid choice, not all wishy washy feeling. So after getting home and thinking a bit, I'm going to do the 5k and give my body a little more recovery from the half two weekends ago. I wish I got a no exercise day before the weekend runs, but it's not going to happen. Tap class is too important to me.
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