Thursday, May 23, 2013
It's Thursday, a work at home day and a traditional day to run at lunch. Because I ran very hard Tuesday evening for the Corporate Challenge, the plan was to listen to my body for problems indicating the need for a rest day and do an easy run if there were no problems.
Today there were no problems with the sore leg. In fact, it felt about as good as it had before Tuesday's race. The bad foot is a bit worse than it was before the leg started acting up, but not bad enough to prevent me from doing things. A long run would probably not be a good idea; but long runs don't happen over the lunch hour. So I set out for an easy run, figuring I'd try to do 30 minutes at about a 7:30 pace.
I had a hard time holding the speed down. I can limit to 30 minutes, but it came out to 4.15 miles for an average pace of 7:14 per mile. The mile splits, per RunKeeper, were 7:32, 7:13, 7:09, and 7:03. Still, Tuesday's experience showed me what it felt like to really run too fast. This wasn't running too fast, even if 74° F and moderate humidity had me sweating quite a bit.
Today's run wasn't unusual, unless I count the fact that there were no problems as unusual. I'm very close to being back to running three days a week, but I still need to pay attention to my body. It seems prudent to consciously hold the speed down for most runs for a while, and I'm not yet to where the weekend runs can be long runs. But perhaps I can stretch the weekend run to 40 minutes this week.
I've looked at the June racing calendar. While there are several events locally, none of them are particularly compelling. The next local race that I find interesting is the Firecracker 5 Mile on July 4. That's a manageable distance. I think I could run 5 miles now, though I haven't run that far in some time. But it is not yet time to commit to that one. Give it two or three weeks to see if the running progresses as hoped.