Gentle run on a bright, sunny, breezy morning. 60 F or below for all miles. Legs not heavy but not quick either. Maybe it's the deadlifts from yesterday. Certainly not sore. Overall, everything felt ok.
|11 MCM (not for time)||11 Wineglass (950/1442)|
|10 MCM (not for time)||09 MCM (348/1076)|
|09 Washington's Birthday Marathon (22/44)||08 MC Historic Half (51/210)|
|07 Frederick Marathon (32/60)||06 MCM (394/1076)|
|05 MCM (547/1047)
12.0 today. Went into this run tired, still, probably from Thursday. It is the first run of the season without oppressive heat: 65F roughly 65% humidity. The breeze almost felt cool. Legs held up well; last mile was the fastest.
Funny thing about this point in my training. No matter how tired I am or not, I can just flick a switch and my body starts running. On a bad day, the first 7 or 8 miles are easy, then I start to tire. If I'm fresh, I'll never feel the run.
My running profile for the year has been pretty ragged. Had a bit of tiredness in my arches earlier in the summer and backed off quite a bit. In reality, I hadn't stopped doing the miles; I just walked them. But I don't log the walks. At one point, I was walking almost 9 miles a day.
In any event, I'm probably looking at a down week next week.
Denise and I ran 3.0 today. I took it really slowly. Tried to eat more carbs today. Still a bit low from that Thursday run in the heat plus gardening day.
It was mid-70 under a gentle rain. People cheat themselves when they don't go out in this. The rain is actually peaceful and refreshing. You have to remember your roots: we are all hunter-gatherers. Humans do not melt in the rain, it cools us.
Thought I'd run today and cut back tomorrow. Did 4 miles, beating the heat today. It was 82F, with a heat index of 86F. Near the end of the run, the direct sun did start having an affect on me.
I was surprised to find my energy levels still low from yesterday. The heat took more from me than I realized. Legs were fine, it was just whole body energy levels.
Going to focus on really healthy eating today to hopefully bounce back tomorrow.
Ran 3 with Denise, then 4 more this morning. Easy running, ~12:30 mpm. Planning for ~33 miles this week, so trying for easy miles. We started at 6 AM, at first daylight, thirty minutes before sunrise. It was another bats to birds run. It was also a delightful 68 F, with a light breeze. While moisture was still at 99% the air was the most refreshing in weeks.
I did a full body barbell pull routine in the PM. Really focusing on holding a pause at the full contraction point for each rep of each set of each exercise. This helps eliminate cheating and slows the movement. It also cuts my ability to do reps. But my goal here is to stress the muscle, not do more reps or sets.
Ran 3 with Denise, then four more on my own. 71 F with 99% humidity.
Deliberately kept the pace slow wanting to save my legs for a longer run tomorrow. Roughly 12:30 for first 3 solo miles, then 12:00 for the last mile.
This morning was a classic bats to birds transition. In the first mile, I enjoyed seeing bats dart in and out of the woods chasing their final meal of the night. As the cloudy morning gained light, they gave ground to birds, so much more subdued than in the spring.
My goal for next Sunday is 12.
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