This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
My leg was a bit sore this morning from yesterday's faster run on the treadmill, so I decided to skip the AM run and see how it progressed during the day. Not bad and I even was given the opportunity to use some of my built up comp time to get out of work early today.
Time of Day:3:09 PM
Ran with: MYSELF
Planned Distance: 3-4
Type of Run: EASY
Course: MST Trail then back to Quarry Road Hut
Terrain: Tar/Dirt Road
Temp: 79*F Fred's Coffee - 89*
Weather: Clear, sunny, humid
Winds: 7 mph NNE
Notes/Observations about the run: Yes, I started out a little fast and then I got back to reality pretty quickly when I noticed that I was having a hard time breathing. Nothing like the lack of air to slow a runner down. Then of course I had to pee, so the big blue box became my friend on the very public Messalonskee Stream Trail.
After that it was just avoiding a rollerblader and a few baby carriages on the trail. The main reason for running the trail was I knew it would be shady (cooler) and by the water (cooler) - it was. Plus after that initial what in the hell are you doing Harold?, I stayed just on the other side of 9:00 minute pace for the most part.
I wasn't planning on running out to the yurt at Quarry Road, but I knew that there was another blue box and a certain cramping sensation told me to either find some bushes or run a little further to the blue box. Well now, I was actually feeling pretty decent so another mile added on to the run wouldn't be too bad.
As much as I do enjoy the trails in Quarry Road, I knew that today was not a day to run them and just stayed on the road, although I was tempted.
Yeah, coming back out of Quarry Road, I gotta admit that I slowed down a bit and really thought about bagging it at 4.5, but I like those even numbers, so I did a lap and got the 5.0.
Overall, I felt pretty good and it was pretty nice to run someplace where there were not a lot of killer hills, the roads were either wide enough that what traffic there was, was not a big deal and for a lot of the run, it had plenty of shade.
No I didn't run in the shoes I got at Olympia and when I got home and showed them to the wife, she just said those are a birthday present from me - right. What a great wife.
Shoes Used:Lunar Glide 7
Remarks: No issues
Sleep 6.5 hours
Aches and Pains:
Left Leg - a little more sore after the treadmill session yesterday
Hamstrings - no change