It has been a couple of busy days.
On Wednesday my long day at work, you know leave the house at 7:15 AM and get home at 8:20 PM kind of long day, even though I don't start work until 10:00 AM. Three people, two vehicles mean you gotta do some things differently and be flexible.
Then Thursday, the truck had to go in for its 44,000 mile check up.
Wednesday Run #1
One of those interval/fartlek runs with Bennie, he was all fired up and ready to, so we got moving faster than usual (lots of fun). My body was doing some serious bellyaching about what in the hell was going on. Then just as suddenly as we had started we stopped for a good sniff and pee. It went like that for the next mile, that stop/start routine. He wanted to go like hell and then would catch a good sniff and had to leave his message.
Oh well, that is what dogs do, but my body was not into that kind of run that early.
Wednesday Run #2
This is the one where I decided that I wanted to hit certain paces, maintain the pace for a longer period and push the recovery pace to be a bit faster than usual. Which meant that I needed to get on the treadmill to do it. Which was tough to do on a gorgeous day, but I had a plan for this workout and wanted to see if I could do.
.5 @ 7.2 mph - warm up
1.0 @ 8.6 mph
.25 @ 7.2 mph
.25 @ 8.7 mph - 2.0
.25 @ 7.2 mph
.25 @ 8.8 mph
.25 @ 7.2 mph
.25 @ 8.9 mph - 3.0
.25 @ 7.2 mph
.25 @ 9.0 mph
.25 W 7.2 mph
.25 @ 9.1 mph - 4.0
.25 @ 3.4 mph - cool down
My footpad said that I was running a lot faster than those speeds and it actually felt like I was.
When I calibrated the footpad earlier in the summer and ran on the treadmills at Champions, it was just about spot on as far as what it said versus the what the treadmill said I was doing for speed. Since went back to work, I have noticed that on the UMA treadmill that I prefer, I am working a LOT HARDER to maintain the speed that the treadmill says I am running. The footpad is consistent .5 mph faster than the treadmill reading and when I use it outside to recalibrate it the pace is about spot on, so I am not sure about the vailidity of the speeds????
I can only go by effort and I know that it was beyond the comfortably hard stage and in the damned hard stage by that last quarter.
So either the UMA Treadmills are a little faster or more probably, I need to work on my speedwork more.
By the way - I completed the workout that I had planned ;-) .
Wednesday Run #3
I had finished the fast part of my run and wanted to get a couple more miles in of easy/cool-down running, but it was too damn nice outside to be doing them on the treadmill, so I did a couple of laps around the campus. On the second lap by Roosters, a tractor trailer turned front of me and frig farted around for a bit, so that I had to stand there and wait for him to figure out what he was doing. No big deal, but at that point, I just wanted the running to be done, so it was more of an annoyance than it would have been otherwise.
The one thing that I did enjoy was running in the Hyperspeed 6's again, for the past couple of weeks, I hadn't run in anything but the LunarGlide 5's and it was a nice change of pace. I can definitely tell the difference between the two shoes. The Asics are a much faster feeling shoe and the Nike's are little more cushioned, which make them better for longer and recovery runs (in other words I would rather had been wearing the LG5's on the recovery phase after the treadmill, but I didn't have them with me - so I learned a lot about the two shoes on Wednesday.
However the big thing that I like about both of them is that they do not bother my right foot, are comfortable for me to run in and I don't think about my running shoes when I am running - I can focus on my running. Which is all I need or want to do.
Thursday Run #1
Another one of those early morning Bennie runs where the body is arguing with the brain about how stooopid that running is at that time of the morning. However, we got through it and even decided to run an extra mile (I had planned on doing 2.0). Otherwise it was just a typical Bennie run, lots of stops, starts and leaving messages for the other critters and we did pick it up a bit on that last mile compared to the others.
Thursday Run #2
Yeah, sitting at ACAR waiting for them to work on the truck is not my idea of fun. So as usual I went for a run down towards Gardiner. My legs were definitely feeling the speedwork from yesterday, so there was no plan to run fast, just run.
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This was going to be a run down to Gardiner (10 or so), but by the time I had hit the little hill in Hallowell, I already had figured out that with how my legs were feeling that doing double-digits wasn't a great idea. The back-up plan was to do the same 8.0 as last time, but when I got to 3.0 miles out, I decided to turn at the powerline to get in 7.0 miles.
My legs were pretty crispy and it was already over 70*F, which meant that I was going to suffer a bit at the end as it was.
The reality is that
Sometimes I actually amaze myself...I am not just bulling through a planned workout, just because that is what I had planned. I have been more willing to modify and improvise on the runs to meet how my body is feeling and how it doing in the conjunction with the weather. It took me a long time to get to that point, but I am better now than I have been, not saying hat I have completely learned, but at least I am listening better.
So that is what has been going on for the past couple of days. Wednesday is a killer day and by the time I get home, I just don't feel like writing posts about my running escapades and on Thursday's, it seems like it has been vehicle fix-it day lately. That and I am pretty crispy still from the long day the day before.
A pretty good couple of days of running and who knows, maybe I am figuring out that this old body can tell me what it likes and doesn't like, along with when to be stoopid an when to smarten to hell up and be a little more reasonable. Now if I could only get it so it liked getting out of bed and within 10 minutes being on the roads running with Bennie.
Ain't happening any time soon...the liking part anyway...we will get up and run in the dark plus 30 with Bennie, but I already know that I ain't liking it. ;-) hehehehhee
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