Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sunday was the long run. Monday, I went and got a routine physical exam. The doctor was happy with my blood pressure and heart rate. She wasn't really keen on the idea of a half marathon, but wasn't against it either. She was happy with the idea that running three days a week is a more important goal than running a half marathon.
Today is Tuesday, a work at home day. The morning was disrupted by a drive to have blood drawn for fasting blood tests. Fortunately, one of the lab locations opened at 6 am, so I was able to get that done and only be about a half hour late getting my normal breakfast. That did squeeze out the normal pre-work walk. As a result, I didn't beat 10K steps by very much today. But that's okay, because it's a running day. If I put in less than 11K steps on a day that I run 4.6 miles, those are quality steps.
So how did the run go? After being beat up enough that my walking pace on Monday was over 15 minutes a mile, I was pretty much back to normal on Tuesday. Got great February weather for the lunch hour, 43°F warming to 45°as I ran, sunshine, and E wind at 10 mph. I could wear my lightweight running tights and I didn't even need gloves. Ran the now-standard lunch route around the section to the west, with the later part of the run into the wind. Because it's a lunch run, I kept the pace pretty brisk. It clocked out at 4.64 miles in 31:25, for an average pace of 6:46 per mile. It felt pretty good, and nothing complained.
Later, got some twinges in my right hamstring that don't bother me walking normally, but are prohibitive if I try to walk while carrying something heavy. I expect those twinges to be gone by Thursday. The bad foot isn't 100%, but it was okay with being barefoot for part of the afternoon. This is progress.
This evening we have rain, which is supposed to change to a wintry mix overnight and to snow some time tomorrow, with more snow Thursday. We'll see. There's a chance that the temperature will be high enough that it will all be rain. That would be nice for running on Thursday. But for now, I'm happy to have got my 10K steps in earlier. I would go walking in the rain at 8:30 pm to defend that 10K step streak, but it's nice that I don't need to.
Life is good.