Local road loop yesterday – 6.0 miles, pretty standard run. Started out pretty easy, ended up at a ‘relaxed tempo’ pace. Between the leg and my current conditioning state I can definitely tell things don’t “flow” like they once did – everything is a little ‘forced’ or takes a little more effort. If the leg had been a non-factor in the last couple workouts I would say yesterday was a bit of a setback. Wouldn’t really describe it as ‘pain’, but I would say that it did affect how a ran at least a little bit.
Spent the rest of the day at Hershey Park for probably the last summer visit, put on a bunch of walking miles traversing the grounds and hitting the rides with the kids. Or at least those that didn’t go around in a circle, up and down, or were loud. I always wondered why my dad would never go on some of the crazy rides back in the day, now I know – they were built for 12 year olds with iron stomaches and plenty of cerebral fluid, not middle aged folks with creaky bones and a penchant for vertigo-induced migraines. I think I am down to roller coasters and the ferris wheel, another sad indicator that I am not 27 anymore. Next will probably be the retreating hairline, followed by easing on over to the right lane and going 11 mph under the speed limit….
HydroWorx intervals this afternoon. 10×3:00 w/1:00 rest. Set the tub up for moderate exertion level, going for a threshold-style workout. Warmup, workout, and cool down came in right at an hour, massage to finish things off. Not bad for the first foray back into a track-style workout in a long, long time, will need to get hot on these soon if I hope to be able to turn over the legs down 5th Avenue. Will probably do a couple more sets in the pool to build a foundation before venturing out onto the track for the fine tuning – have no idea how the leg will respond to something fast like that on land. Guess we’ll find out in a week or two. 3 weeks and counting….