This evening, I feel like I have the capacity of a Mr. Creosote. But, I know from experience, that I don’t – so I’ll try to be moderate.
I am a starvin’ Marvin’ though.
The day started innocently enough. I got up for coffee (the architect made it this morning) and oatmeal. Then I checked my email to see where we were running today. NOTHING! Then, I got all brilliant & checked my phone. Due to weather, we were canceled. BOO!
So, I did what any dedicated runner would do in that situation. I sat on my ass & read blogs all morning.
At about one, I had some left-over mashed potatoes, and when I felt that they were suitably digested, I went out for my run.
I switched up my first two miles- instead of a long, gradual down-hill followed by a short, intense up-hill, I did a fast downhill & a long uphill. It was fun to be backwards! Then I just ran along the river until I ran out of running road & into busy traffic road, then I turned around.
I didn’t bring any Gu or anything (I’m out right now), and I could really feel my energy lagging at mile 7. Also my knee was KILLING me. So I stopped. And walked. And called the architect to come fetch me. (Un)fortunately, he wasn’t home – so I had to keep walking. After about .3 miles, I felt MUCH better, and decided it would take too long to walk the additional 1.5 miles back home, so I ran it.
I hit the lap button when I stopped & started running – so I went 9.3 miles total (in 1:45:29), but when you take out my whiny break, I did 9 miles in 1:39:21 – which is an 11:02 minute/mile average.
My heart rate was ridiculously high today – averaging 175 & topping out above 215 in miles 2-5.
My mile splits ranged between 10:30 (Mile 4 – and the mile I ran on dirt, jumping over blackberry shoots) & 11:49 (the long, slow uphill mile).
I’m looking forward to my hill run on Tuesday. Since it will still be getting dark early, I’ll probably try to stick to lighted paths instead of hitting the trails, but in a couple of weeks, I won’t be limited by daylight after work! WOO!
Also, this has reinforced that I really need to do my PT exercises every night. I need to foam roll every other night. I need to ice every night. And I need to contemplate putting on my big girl panties & taking ice baths after long runs. I also need to stretch at least 15 minutes before & after my run. No exceptions. I need to not skimp on cross-training, just because it’s not as much fun as running. I don’t want to take another 4 months off of all exercise because I’m a dumb-ass!
So – tomorrow I will post my PT routine (I haven’t been doing anything because I’m overwhelmed by the 30 or so exercises my PT gave me, which is too many to do every night). I’ve been telling myself that I would figure it out & start doing it, but maybe if I tell the internets, I’ll actually follow through!
And now – it must be almost time for dinner, right?