Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Memo to self: Check elapsed time on the Garmin

Today's run (street): 3 miles at 10:14

I don't know how it happened but I ended up running for much longer than I'd intended this morning. My heel problem seemed much less noticeable last night and I gave little thought to it this morning until I took my first steps running. Once again I felt the pain -- not sharply -- but there it was. I briefly considered turning back but I chose to keep going at a much slower pace than I normally run. I wore my Brooks that offer great protection and focused on landing on my mid foot and avoiding direct heel strikes. This is easier to do with the Kinvaras that are almost the same height between heel and forefoot but I'd chosen to wear the Brooks  this morning for their superior cushioning.

I knew I was running slower than usual but I didn't want to exacerbate my injury. I mapped out (in my head) the route I would follow and figured that I'd cover a little less distance than usual given my slower speed. Somehow I got caught up in the rhythm of my run and didn't pay any attention to my time or distance. When I finally arrived home I looked at my Garmin and saw that I'd covered 3 miles in a little over 30 minutes. This actually shocked me because I didn't notice that I'd run eight minutes longer than usual. I was not surprised to see that my pace was a minute slower than average. It was the trade-off I made for protecting my foot this morning. I was disappointed that I lost eight minutes of recovery time between my run and my shower but I still had enough time to finish my coffee. I'll probably do an elliptical session tomorrow. That will be kinder to my foot and hopefully I'll recover from this heel problem before the weekend.

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