Saturday, May 24, 2014

Running in the right direction

A subtly better run 
Today's run (street): 4.4 miles

This morning's run was 25% longer than yesterday's and 1% faster. In other words, better. What the numbers don't show is how I felt during and after the run, and that's real reason why I was pleased with today's workout.

Friday's run was the first one I'd done since the Brooklyn Half and, after five days rest, I'd hoped for a good rebound. What I actually got was a rough 3.4 miles featuring a cranky stride and more fatigue than the distance should have produced. Rather than benefiting from an (almost) full week's recovery, I felt as if I had over-trained. I don't know if it was related to the run (or a fairly intense week at the office), but I was tired for the remainder of the day.

This morning was sunnier than Friday and a little breezier. I didn't get out as early as I'd planned because I got caught up watching an episode of Lillyhammer with my son. Worth the wait. Once I got outside, I was ready to run. There was no delay with the GPS this time, 20 seconds and I was good to go. The air smelled of cut grass and something that might have been mesquite. I took off in a direction that bypassed the landscaping crew trucks that were parked up and down the road.

I had targeted four miles for my run today without any particular route in mind. I encountered some runners and walkers along the way and I observed a number of people packing up their SUV's for what I guessed were Memorial Day getaways. I felt relaxed and tried to open up my stride as the run progressed. Overall, I slightly improved on yesterday's pace.

I may go out for a little more distance tomorrow, depending on how our schedule goes. While I didn't see a dramatic improvement in performance over yesterday's, I certainly had a more encouraging experience. I finished the run feeling strong and had no after-effects like I did when I finished Brooklyn. After feeling a little down about running this week, my motivation is on the rise.

7 comments:

  1. Good for you! Sounds promising! Today was my first day back post-Brooklyn and post-bacterial infection. Perfect running weather. When is your appointment?

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    1. Thanks. I've noticed that you've been very quiet on running related stuff lately. How bad was that infection? I'm very glad you're feeling better. You picked a great day to resume.

      My appt is Tuesday. I'll keep you posted!

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    2. I ran (pun?) out of things to write about. Infection was in my chest, but got better by Wednesday. I was freaked out not being able to talk, though. I think the rest of the family was okay with it ;)

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    3. I typically lose my voice a couple of times a year, not counting when I try to carry on a conversation with you and TPP on the Bethpage trail.

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  2. I'm glad it was over in less than a week! I've been running, but not well again, and not blogging either. I guess I'll do another single blog post to cover all the disappointing runs. I just marked my calendar for Tuesday so I don't forget to ask you.

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    1. Thanks TPP. I'll keep you and A informed via our chat line. Looking forward to your next post!

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