Adapting the plan to the weather
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Q: During spring in Rochester, New York, how do you know when to mow the lawn?
A: If it's not raining, it's time to mow the lawn.
I didn't expect late July and early August to be spring, but this year that seems to be the case.
I'm out of the air cast. I'm mostly recovered from the stress fracture. I've got my protocol for easing back into running, and I have been paying attention to not working that weak left foot too hard, too fast. The protocol calls for walk-run intervals on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, with non-running days on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Thursday I did walk 1, run 4 intervals for 7 iterations. It was a beautiful day. The lawn, which I had last mowed on Sunday, needed mowing again. I could have mowed Thursday evening, but I didn't want to work that weak foot too hard. So I thought to myself, I'll put it off till Friday evening and let mowing the lawn round out my 10K steps for Friday.
Friday arrived. I took an extra work at home day for other reasons, and used my lunch hour to get out on the bike. Found the "ride" profile for my Garmin 620, which let the watch know I was cycling. Didn't have to edit the activity in Garmin Connect! Wanted to get a jump on the lawn, but a late work phone call tied me up right till 5.
As I got out after work Friday to mow, it started to rain. Broke for supper. The rain came down hard, soaking the grass, then let up. I ended up going for a walk in the rain to get my 10K steps in.
That left me with both walk-run intervals and mowing on Saturday, which I had not wanted to have on Thursday. Sigh. At least I have the luxury of being leisurely about my morning routine. Hit the road at 9:41 am, with summer-like humidity and a temperature of 72° F. Thought about how 8 iterations of walk 1, run 4 might be just about the distance of around the section to the west, but decided to run a twisty route in my own section to leave open the chance of bailing early. As things went, running felt pretty good. I did those 8 iterations, and finished with 4.65 miles, right about what around the section to the west would have been.
I was a bit faster than I perhaps should have been on the running intervals, but all the charts Garmin Connect produced showed what I wanted to see on the intervals. The grass was still too wet to mow when I finished, so I stretched, showered, iced my feet, and had lunch. Got out to mow a bit past 1:30.
I noticed that my left foot tolerated mowing better than it did last Sunday. This should not have been a surprise, as I've been working on strengthening that foot. Barefoot calf raises have shown me improvements in my left foot strength, but somehow mowing the lawn on the same day as running impresses me more.
After mowing and a second shower, I just about had time to do some grocery shopping before my daughter would arrive for our weekly dinner date. It started to rain as I was driving to the store. I dislike shopping while it's raining and schlepping stuff from the store to the car in the rain; but given a choice, I'd rather get the lawn mowed when I did and deal with the rain after the mower has been put away.
As the weather is going, the lawn will probably need to be mowed again on Wednesday. Life being what it is, that mowing will probably get deferred to Thursday, putting it on a running day. But now I'm no longer afraid of running and mowing on the same day. The foot is enough better to handle that.
Life is good. The fantasy of doing a half marathon on September 21 still lives.