Saturday run on a tight schedule
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Today is the first Saturday of tax season. I had a volunteer shift with the local VITA program from 1 to 5. This makes scheduling my weekends a bit tight, but it can be done.
I was up early enough to be leisurely about breakfast, while being sure to keep the laundry cycling through the washer and dryer. Shoveled snow off the driveway at 8° F, feeling a bit disgusted that the cold weather stuck around 2 days longer than forecast. But it got up to 17° F by 10, and I could squeeze in a run.
I didn't have a clear goal when I set out to run. Would this be a long slow run, or just a run? It didn't help that my phone rang shortly after I started, turning the start of the run into a long warmup. Got my daughter's issues addressed, then set out again. My muddled intentions put me at an intermediate pace, too fast to be a long slow run but not as fast as a known distance limited run.
The shoulders were all snow covered, so I ran as much as possible in the traffic lanes. There was more traffic than I liked for the road conditions, and by the time I'd gone two and a half miles I knew I was going to make this a shorter run, just around the section to the west of my house. Ended up running 4.64 miles in 34:07, for an average pace of 7:21 per mile. The mile splits were 7:22, 7:26, 7:27, and 7:17, with an average pace of 7:07 per mile for the last 0.64 miles. The increase in pace late was semi-intentional, as it came after the decision was made that this would not be a long run.
Cutting the run short turned out to be a good thing for scheduling. I got to the volunteer job on time but without a lot of time to spare; I would have been late and rushed if I had run another half hour.
Saturdays are going to be scheduled like this for a while. I had been considering moving the long run to Sunday; this is looking like a good idea if I want to consistenly get one long run per week in. That will mean a week of only running two days, as SP measures weeks, to make the transition. I need to remind Mr. Testosterone that this is OK if I need to do that to get the long runs in.
Injury check: The bad foot is still not 100%, but is reacting about as expected. The sore hip was not bothered by the run, but has reminded me a couple times this evening that it's not 100%. Another week before doing a long run might be a good idea for the hip. Nothing else is particularly troubling me right now.
Taking almost a week off for the hip was frustrating and worrisome, but now I'm beginning to think it was just a week. I'm hopeful that this was a blip and I'll be able to run that half marathon at the end of April.