Long Run – Cut Short – RunLog 8-15-14

Isabelle
Isabelle

Today’s long run was cut short, when TheWife pulled in front of me like something out of “Cops”. She told me I had to get in and we had to get home, because something had happened to our 11 year-old cat Isabelle.

We hurried home, she didn’t look good, couldn’t move her back legs, was drooling all over the place and her eyes were just not right. We hurried her to the vet down in Gardiner (yes, we called ahead).

They were fantastic, still not sure what happened, but after a few shots and some antibiotics – Isabelle seems to be doing a lot better.

Our critters are part of our family and when something is happening to one of them, we worry and try to get them taken care of. So we were relieved when we got home and she is doing a lot better.

Getting back to the run

I planned on running at around 9:00 minute pace for today’s run. I am not racing long distances this year and am focusing on just using my long runs to help improve my running efficiency.  Continue reading “Long Run – Cut Short – RunLog 8-15-14”

Not So Hot Still Humid – RunLog 8-14-14

Wow that was a pretty good storm on Wednesday night/Thursday early morning. Bennie and Joey, both cuddled in against me so much that I couldn’t move 🙂 , which meant that I didn’t get much sleep until the storm passed by.

Run #1

During the first run with Bennie, it was still sprinkling a little, so it was still pretty humid and even though the temps were okay, I worked up a good sweat.

We started out slow but as you can see…

Strava - Bennie Run 8-14-14
Strava – Bennie Run 8-14-14

Bennie really wasn’t into slow running again today, so we picked up the pace and then went into our usual “strides” pacing or car chasing mode, when a couple went by.

I did practice speeding up going into and coming out of a turn-around, instead of slowing down and then just plodding after coming out of it. Looking back at what I have done on my turn-arounds in training – I have been lazy with them and since my next 5K is an out and back, I need to practice going hard into it and then immediately getting back up to race pace, instead of just plodding out of it.

Also something that I picked up when I was reading Running Simply, is to practice finishing hard on a hill. Which makes perfect sense to me, to challenge myself to push harder at the end of a training run and finishing runs at the top of a hill, instead of the before the hill, will help me more in the long run.

Run #2

The rain had stopped, the humidity went up to about 80% and even though it was only 75F degrees, it was pretty miserable for running. It turned into a great 5.0 mile progression run, I started faster and went slower every mile 🙂 .

Strava Stats 8-14-14
Strava Stats 8-14-14

The humidity just wore me out.

I felt good, but at the same time I didn’t want to push too hard in that humidity, especially with a long run planned for Friday. So I just ran according to effort, when the effort got harder going up the hills, I slowed down, instead of pushing myself up the multiple hills on this course.

It wasn’t a great run, but I got the miles in that I wanted for today and I had to chuckle, when I saw the weekly mileage total of 26.2. Kind of funny, especially since I do not plan on running that distance until the fall of 2017, when I get into a new age group 🙂 .