Saturday, March 01, 2014
Saturdays are typically my long run days (no work conflicts, etc), and so I had set two goals for today's run: 1) Run at least 5 miles; and 2) If my legs still had life in them, go for a total of 6 miles. Of particular concern is my right knee, which is not feeling 100% at the moment. I'm sure if I saw a Dr, they would tell me to take it easy for a spell, but I'm not quite ready to do that just yet.
So I purposely ran at a slow pace -- first two miles at 6.0 mph, then then next 4 at an average of 6.25 mph. And instead of a set amount of time ration between running and walking, I did it by distance -- .50 mile run / .05 mile walk. Just something different to change it up.
The slower pace definitely helped my knee. Hit the 5 mile mark feeling very good, so it was easy to get that last mile in to hit the 6 mile mark.
I have a 5K race coming up in two weeks, so I really want my legs to be fresh. I think sometimes I over train, so we'll see if this new philosophy helps.