Today the plan was to finish up the week with a four and a half mile run to wrap things up with 43 miles logged for the week of December 15 thru 21. But a funny thing happened –today’s run turned out to be one of the best runs I’ve ever had! What’s that word? Synchronicity? I think that word describes it best. Everything just fell together for a fantastic run. Four and a half miles at a 9:10 pace and that’s a good tempo workout for me.
Now that the run is over and I’ve showered and had a post run snack I’ve been thinking about this run to see what made it so good. I’ve come up with four main ideas:
1. The temperature. During today’s run the temperature was in the high twenties with just a slight breeze.
2. I ran later in the day for a Sunday than usual –after downing a pot of hot coffee and not before.
3. I took about a thirty minute cat nap prior to this run.
4. and last but not least: for some time now (in fact for a year) I’ve felt, I don’t know how to describe it really, but funny concerning my left leg –it’s felt tight or weird or something. So I’ve had this suspicion that maybe my left leg is a tiny bit shorter (?) than my right, somehow “out of balance.” So today I made a little home made “orthotic” out of a paper towel and put it in my left shoe. And viola! Through this run my left leg felt…perfect!
So hopefully I’ve learned a trick or two with this run and can replicate it again in the future. If not…oh well. You can’t have sunshine every day in life, you know. : )
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Just got back from an unpleasant 12 miler. Felt tired, sore, and extremely unmotivated but did manage to eek along at a 11:29 pace (which is about a minute slower than I usually run my long runs). I guess I hafta admit: today I jogged. But! At least I got all my miles in. Forty one miles this week and next week is a cutback week. I'm ready for the break.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
A long week miles put in that is -or at least so for me. After tomorrows planned on 12 miler this will be a 41 mile week. I hope I can make it through those 12 miles tomorrow as I have a back pain issue that flared up after today's 5 miler going on right now.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
...and I have logged a total of 154 miles for it with this morning's cool and breezy 12 miler at a 10:35 pace. Initially this morning the LAST thing I wanted to do was roll out of bed and go run 12 miles but once I got up and out there (especially when I left the city limits) it wasn't so bad. Funny thing, but it never is. I guess it's true that the the first step is always the hardest.