That’s right me – the guy who always wants to run. I really didn’t feel like running this morning. I was beat, tired, fatigued, felt like someone had shoved me through a meat grinder and tired of getting up to walk the dog a mile in the rain.
Oh well, I had a physical therapy appointment at 9:15 AM, otherwise I would have just bagged it and puttered around the house, I know I have plenty to do around here now – all those things I had to put off earlier and had otherwise procrastinated about.
So I left the house at 7:30 figuring I could at least do a couple of miles on the treadmill and a bit of strength work.
I started out easy.
- 1.0 mile @ 7.1 mph – Felt good, the left foot was a little tuggy and tight, but not bad. So I kept on plugging
- 1.0 mile @7.3 mph – Felt pretty damn good, still didn’t feel quite there, but figured I could do another mile.
- 1.0 mile @7.5 mph – Feeling better, leg was still a little tuggy, but staying at about 3, so no big deal, plus I was starting to find a rhythm
- .50 mile @7.7 mph – Felt good, getting that good rhythm, breathing normally
- .50 mile @8.1 mph – Everything smoothed out, felt like I was running comfortably, my left leg stayed in the 3-4 range, still not quite able to have a good pain-free toe-off, but close.
When I got to the 4.0 mile mark, I decided, ahhh what to hell, my primary care doctor is here working out, the physical therapists are here, if I screw things up, at least I will have treatment options, so I decided to push the last mile – harder than I have since May! In other words – time to actually go for it and test damn thing out to see if it holds together. My doc looked at me a couple of times, but didn’t say anything – he knows I am a crazy Runnah, hell he didn’t even shake his head from what I could see. He didn’t stop me and ask me what in the hell I was doing – heheehehehe.
- 0.75 @8.6 mph – This was harder after the 1/2 mile mark, but I had great focus and this is the training pace that I want to do on demand. It is just under a 7:00 minute pace and is where I am going to get back to as my normal tempo pace or Steady State Faster pace for 5K training.
- 0.25 @ 9.1 mph – Almost race pace at 6:36 pace, I will get it down under 6:20 miles for the 5K distance, not being arrogant or an ass, just believe that I will and can – gonna stay positive. After all look at my tagline for this blog. Did the left leg hurt, it stayed just over a 4 and didn’t head up into the 5 range, so it was a little uncomfortable, but not painful!
- Total Miles: 5.0
Shoes: Skechers GoRun2
When I got through, I looked like someone dumped a pail of water over my head, so I had to go clean-up a little for my PT appointment, I didn’t want to gross them out – too much..
I was very surprised with the last 2.0 miles of this run, a 5.0 miler some heavy negative splits – this was sure as hell a confidence builder. I figured this is the kind of workout that I should be doing before physical therapy, that way they can see what kind of abuse I am subjecting my body to and I actually get proper treatment after a tough workout, instead of the half-assed stuff that I do.
I don’t know what it is about the treadmill, but I just seem to run better on them, than I do outside, especially when I want to run faster. It might have something to do with that I can just focus on keeping up with the belt, instead of propelling myself so much – whatever. All I know is that I had a great workout this morning, especially one that I really didn’t even feel like starting.
That is one of the reasons that if you are feeling the blahs or a bad case of the tireds, try a mile and if it doesn’t get you interested, shut it down and do something else. This was one of those workouts that I could have bagged without a second thought and I am really glad that I didn’t.
Oh yeah I did run yesterday
Course: Back Cove Portland
Distance: 3.6 Miles
Shoes: Skechers GoRun Ride2
I was tired and beat up from Tuesday’s double and just went slow on a course that I usually try to run a little faster. Good comfortable recovery run.