Felt a little sore after the races on Sunday. Monday was always going to be a long and easy day, got a chance to get in the pool so I opted to get it done in the water. Ended up with an episode of NCIS on the wall TV that I had seen before (at least once – layover time killer….), ran until the end and finished with 75 minutes. Nice long massage afterwards, found plenty of tender spots that got the hose.
Wanted to spin then get in some mileage today, dawn patrol didn’t work out however as my LA Fitness sponsor had other plans. Ended up taking two 6-year olds to Hershey Park all day, probably twice the workout the bike would have been. Like dogs, I think two kids is easier than one – keeps me off the countless variety of rides that just vary the mindless ways you can go around in a circle. High, low, fast, slow, swings, spins, etc.. With a partner they are thrilled to “go by ourselves”, I was thrilled to hold up the nearest stretch of railing and just watch.
Got home totally beat, the crazy-good 75 degree temps probably the only thing that allowed me to get the shoes on and go grab a run. Once out there I got a second wind, didn’t try to shuffle but just ran at whatever pace felt comfortable. Ended up “cruising” – each mile in the 6:20 – 6:30 range. All the stiffness that I felt waking up this morning seemed to be gone by this evening, run was a pretty easy one that felt good throughout.
I had originally entertained the thought of trying to get on the track on the second day after the race (today), but reconsidered and am going to go tomorrow. I didn’t want to push the soreness and end up in one of those super-sore thigh conditions I have encountered a couple of times in the past 12 months that take 3-4 days to shake. I felt pretty recovered this evening so I am counting on feeling good in the morning and getting the workout in tomorrow. I think I am going to try the 4-mile workout again, tightening up the pace and the recovery a little bit since the temperature will be about 20 degrees lower than when I last ran it two weeks ago in Annapolis. With a Wednesday workout I’ll then pencil in another one on Saturday morning, just before we man-up the truck for the Outer Banks. Down there I’ll get in a hard tempo run early in the week, then ease it into the travel days and hopefully be sharp for Sunday (6/26) afternoon.
Will post the workout results tomorrow, if I can stay on top of it and remain relaxed it will be another big confidence builder as the big races draw near. I don’t want or plan on it becoming a blood and guts test of strength – will save that for a day with a bib number and a crowd. I hope it is just a long series of solid 69 second laps in a variety of distances. If it doesn’t work out it won’t be the end of the world – I have a couple recent performances “in the bank” that tell me I am heading in the right direction, but I could use another step or two that way to help secure some hardware as the competition level begins to rise dramatically…