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Thursday Intervals

Thursday, May 09, 2013

It's Thursday, a work at home day and normally a day to run at noon. Well, these days "run" means run/walk intervals; but it's closer to running than to walking.

The sore leg felt almost normal this morning, and RunKeeper reported my pace on the pre-work walk at a few seconds under a 14 minute mile. Okay, I'm healthy enough for intervals. But I have conference calls around the lunch hour like bookends.

Fortunately, the morning conference call was short. I was able to get a good start at lunch and do the planned 30 minutes of run 4, walk 1. It came out to 4.06 miles, for an average pace of 7:23 per mile. The leg felt normal at the start, like I could just run; but I held to the discipline and took the walking breaks. I learn slowly, but I do learn: Just because I *can* do something today doesn't mean I *should* do it today. Progress is made by building a base, not by setting new records each time.

Afterwards, the leg announced itself, but not terribly loudly. The parts that have been bothering me for quite a while aren't complaining. Instead, I have a sore thigh muscle that first acted up when I mowed the lawn after intervals a week ago. I don't know the name of the muscle, but this one has been weak/sore before. If I just don't overdo things, it will get better.

When I got home, I noticed that the lawn could stand to be mowed again, 3 days after I mowed the last time. This isn't happening today. Maybe tomorrow, which is a non-running day, assuming I get dry enough weather.

I'm becoming more optimistic about getting back to running continually. If the leg feels perfectly healthy tomorrow, I might try a real run on Sunday. But if there's any indication that it isn't 100%, I should hold to intervals on Sunday. I'm committed to running 3.5 miles on Tuesday May 21, and I definitely don't want to push too far before then.
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    7:23 mile pace... Wow, you are done by the time I just got done warming up... Kenyans, take note and fear!
    1805 days ago
  • BBECKER1955
    Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on it!
    1806 days ago
    Sounds like you are ready for your 5K so I would error on the side of caution instead of pushing too hard at this point.
    1806 days ago
    Smart move all the way around.
    1806 days ago
    Protect your race. Don't forget to taper! You want to be a coiled spring on the 21st. 'nuff said.
    1806 days ago
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