Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sunday I had my long run, a new PR distance and elapsed running time for me. My right hamstring got stiff, so it was hard to walk around Sunday evening.
Monday, the legs felt better, I felt a bit beat up, but not as bad as the previous Monday after a long run on Sunday. I was thinking, this training thing is going real well.
Today is Tuesday, a work at home day and a day to run on the lunch break. I got splendid running weather for February, 42° F with SSW wind 15 mph and cloudy. But I wasn't feeling as spectacularly good as I did last Tuesday. I decided to make this run a little shorter, so I went around the section to the east.
As I was running, I got a few twinges from the right hamstring. I tried to run gently when the hamstring was chattering, at other times I just ran. I could still feel the aftereffects of Sunday's long run, so I didn't push the pace. OTOH, I wasn't trying to run particularly slowly, either.
It came out to 3.63 miles in 26:18, for an average pace of 7:15. I made it over the big hill, going the easy direction; but I didn't have any other hill work on this route. That's okay. I might have been able to run further or faster if I'd tried, but this fit into the allotted time and didn't aggravate anything.
As I write this, the temperature is down to 29°and there are snow flurries. We're supposed to get some snow tomorrow and Thursday, so what Thursday's run will be depends on both the weather and how well I recover. I'd like to get the 4.6 miles around the section to the west in, but I'll have to see what life sends my way.
Meanwhile, I bear in mind that priority number one is, don't get injured. I achieved that today, and might not have achieved it if I'd pushed for another mile. Time will tell whether I can train up to 13.1 miles by the end of April; but for right now I'm content with the results.
Life is good.