Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar recovery

Today's run (street) 2.5 miles

Since I was up and outside early this morning I was hoping I'd get a glimpse of the lunar eclipse. This is the first time in 400 years that an eclipse of the moon occurs on the same day as the winter solstice. I went out at 4:00 AM to chilly winds and cold temperatures and scanned the skies as I ran. While the horizon was clear the moon seemed to be enveloped in clouds. There may have been an eclipse going on but it just looked like a partial moon to me. So much for celestial wonders.

I had a tough run on Sunday and I'm often wary of the run that follows a bad workout. I look at it like a barometer for my current state. Will my next run be better or worse? Am I stronger or weaker, faster or slower? I've had enough experience to know that a single run doesn't mean much (unless it's a race) but a week's worth of running tells a story. I think this week's story is that my flu shot managed to undercut my training over the weekend and I'm slowly building back my strength. My run this morning was fine, better than Sunday's but definitely not a strong performance. I wore my Skecher's SRR's and still paced in the 9's so I know the effort was there. I'm due to run 5 miles in the city tomorrow with a friend who wants to "run fast." I'm not sure how ready I am to do that so he may have to compromise a little.

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