Yay! Spring has sprung!
Or so it seemed today in my little corner of the universe.
It had been a lousy week, running wise. Okay, I did manage to increase my speed.But only got three runs, and eight miles in total, before sickness struck on Thursday. A maybe migraine/stomach ulcer type of thing going on. Not bad enough to merit shelling out fifty bucks to the doc, but enough to send me to bed a 6pm on Thursday and it dragged into Friday and Saturday too.
But this morning, by 7 am, the skies was getting bright, and, when I put my nose out, I swear I could detect a little heat. Whey, hey! Long slow run called for, and long slow run it would be.
Threw on my marathon t shirt. It`s a long sleeved affair and perfect for today. Wind chill factor heading south but this was a very familiar route. Main road,lots of traffic and all that, but it would take me straight to another town, if I cared to run that far. I`d fond memories there of the ghosts of LSRs past as that was my pre-marathon LST stomping ground.
But I`m back at the drawing board again. Starting gingerly with my first post marathon LSR. Didn`t want a return of the foot injuries and didn`t want to kill my wavering athletic enthusiasms. Looonnng and sloooowww it would be.
This is worse than recounting my dreams or telling you, in fine detail, just how wonderful my children are….
But anyway, if you`re interested, see here for the Garmin connect lowdown on today`s run.
|Avg Speed:||5.1 mph|
|Avg Moving Speed:||5.2 mph|
|Max Speed:||36.6 mph|
|Avg Pace:||11:49 min/mi|
|Avg Moving Pace:||11:37 min/mi|
|Best Pace:||1:38 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||178 ft|
|Elevation Loss:||179 ft|
|Min Elevation:||17 ft|
|Max Elevation:||134 ft|
And if all that is too boring-and I`m yawning myself-all you really need to know is that I ran nine miles and at a pretty pathetic pace.
Was damned happy my feet bore up. It`s the furthest I`ve gone since they crashed at the marathon in October. Left foot-the one that was the slowest to recover-did complain a tad but I`m fine now, and expect to be in the morning.
But the main effect is in my mood. I just so ENJOYED every second of today. Loved the air, the growth, the traffic. Love that Spring has SPRUNG! And that I got to stretch out in a nice, slow, meditative jog through the whole lot of it. Oh, that felt so good.
Ok, nine done already! Only eleven more to go this week.
Oh, and the swimming continues. Got swimming twice this week. But at least they were both good stretches of 1,000-1,400 metres.
Yeah, on the running front, I kinda feel I`m back in the groove after today. Know what I mean?