This fine piece of art has adorned my driveway for several days now. I honestly can’t tell by the handwriting which daughter wrote it (1st grade or 6th grade), but the part of me that hopes I won’t have a 33-year-old child living in my basement in 20 years is praying (for obvious reasons) that it was the 7-year-old. Gotta love “sounder outers”. In any case, hopefully whoever threw down the gauntlet with this taunt of Mother Nature doesn’t jinx us – can’t even remember the last time I wore a hat or jacket. Word is snow is coming tomorrow, so we might have to actually endure a day or two of winter – what a bummer.
Sunday: 6 mile local loop – easy
Monday: 9 miles on Stoney Creek trail – 7:10 pace
Tuesday: 5 mile tempo run, 30 mins recumbent bicycle
Three good runs in fabulous weather. Sunday and Monday were recovery runs, which meant focusing on keeping easy pace. 60+ minutes on Monday out on the trail was particularly good – would have saved 20 minutes each way on the drive had I gone to the Appalachian Trail, but my ankle is still very “loose” and I think had I gone to the App Trail it would have only taken one root or rock to set me back where I was last Saturday. Stoney Creek (as you can see) is pretty much a crushed stone road – very smooth and very “foot safe”.
Had planned on going to the track today (and breaking the streak), but the shadows started to appear as the wind started picking up and next thing I knew I had thrown in the towel. To avoid another easy day, I stuck to something up-tempo. 5 miles, middle three all in around 5:35-5:40. Start to finish in around 29:15, portions at pace were challenging but I felt strong throughout. Cooled down for just a couple of minutes before having to launch the swim-team taxi service, so once over at the YMCA I got on the recumbent bike for 30 easy minutes to serve as a delayed recovery.
Have a reservation at HydroWorx tomorrow, since you are never to sore to perform in the water I don’t anticipate any residual stuff from todays run to hamper the workout. I will probably do some shorter intervals similar to last week’s (400’s – a.k.a. 60 secs) session, then finish the week with some easy miles before Saturday’s 1200m leg. Anyone ever run 1200? I guess you could approach it in one of two ways – it’s either an 800m run at 80% pace, or a mile run at 120% pace. GPTC ‘General Manager’ Chuck Shields has thrown out there that it should be in the neighborhood of my mile PR split (around 3:15-3:16?) – I hope I can do better than that but am not going to guarantee anything. I guess the competition will give me a clue as to what I am supposed to be doing. As Patton once said – “Lead, follow, or get the hell out of my way” – hopefully I will start out with option (b), ultimately hoping for option (a), but God help me if the leader hollers (c) at me from behind….