While I was stretching by the truck after my run, I noticed alot more steam in the air than could be coming from my breathing. I looked in the window reflection and saw that my whole body was steaming. It looked like I was on fire!
I did my long run this AM at the park. I got up late so I had to cut it short. 6.14 miles, 53:54 (according to Ghostrunner), instead of my planned 7. It was faster than I had meant to run (8:47 overall). Maybe I subconsciously wanted to hurry up because I was late. I’m very certain I could have finished the distance, but I had already stretched the time too far and needed to get home.
I started out pretty good with my pace. Then I got too pumped up or something and didn’t come back down again. Mile six had the big hill so that’s why I was able to slow a little. Mile 7 was really just that last tenth hanging on at the end. A little sprint with the truck in sight :)
I was surprised to see so many people out there early on a Sunday morning. Some were running, some walking. Some dog people too.
I ate a banana about 1/2 hour before I left and drank a little dilute Gatorade during the run. It was damn cold too outside too! The thermometer on my back porch said it was 40F! I put on my long sleeve CoolMax shirt that I bought on clearance in the spring. Even outside in the sun, it wasn’t much warmer. I wore my gloves too, but by mile 4 my hands were pretty warm. After the run, I had a banana in the truck, the rest of the dilute gatorade, and my big glass of chololate milk with a little cinnamon.
Shins were well behaved. Left ITB felt a little tight at one point, I stopped for 15 seconds and stretched and then went on. No pain at any point, and I had left the strap in the truck. Getting really sick of that thing, but I’ll try to use it when I can until my abductors hit their weight lifting goal. It keeps slipping down when I run and hits my knee cap. My leg is too cone shaped and so it slides down to the lowest point. Need duct tape.
I’m a little behind my goal with this run getting cut short. Higdon always says “don’t cheat on the long runs”. Feel like I did that today. I’m also running them faster than I should. I just feel like if I run them slower, it will irritate my ITB. At the same time, it felt really good to run faster. I liked the pace and I felt like I was moving instead of trudging. I don’t want to trudge in the race. I’m not speedy but I don’t want to trudge.
Tomorrow is “stretch and strength” but its a rest day really. Extra stretching to loosen all the stuff you hurt during the long run. Strength for the weak muscles. I may do lower body weights. Maybe upper too. My son has gymnastics on Monday evenings so I don’t have alot of time to workout.