Running: Days 83, 84 and 85
I was bad about posting again, so this is going to be another 3-day report. Day 83 was a 4 miler, day 84 was a 3 miler with Luna, and day 85 (today) was an 8 miler. My legs felt good for all three runs. All three were on the cold side too because Austin seems to be going through a bit of a cold snap. I even saw a few flurries earlier today before my run.
Day 83 was something of an experiment. I’ve started to notice that when I push the pace my leg doesn’t feel bad at all, but sometimes when I slow down I start to get a weird twinge in my left knee. I decided to go fast the whole time on this run and see what happened. I ended up with a 7:48 average pace. It would have been faster but I had to stop to tie my shoe on the last mile. I also almost fell on my face a few steps later, but I managed to catch myself before I hit the ground. My legs felt great during the run and I didn’t have any issues afterwards.
Day 84 came after a day of rest and my legs felt great. I decided to take Luna on her longest run yet and she did really well. Usually she wants to stop quite a few times during the run. At first I thought it was because she was tired and needed to rest, but we went out for a run with Cassandra last week and she was practically sprinting the whole time. I found out she was just gaming me because she wanted to sniff around, so I made sure she knew we were out to run this time and she did great. She was super excited when we got home too, so I know she wasn’t too tired or anything like that. We ended up with an average pace of 9:34, which was much faster than she’s gone before.
Today’s run was really nice. It’s pretty chilly out there, but I was well prepared. I ended up wearing gloves and spent half a mile trying to get them off and into my pockets, which was fun. I had the park to myself so I didn’t need to worry about weaving all over the place when I was messing around with them. My leg started to act up about halfway through, but I pushed through it and it felt fine after that. I found the faster my pace was the better it felt, which is consistent with the previous runs. I’m hopeful this means things are about to get back to 100 percent normal.
I have a day off tomorrow, then it’s 3 miles on Tuesday. More importantly, there’s only one week until I’ll be running in the Lost Dutchman Marathon with my Aunt Rebecca. It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to get out to Arizona to see her and run.
- Daily: 8.01 miles at 8:23 pace
- Week total: 21.26 miles
- February total: 34.97 miles
- 2012 total: 105.77 miles
- Distance to 2012 goal: 2,394.23 miles