Today was just one of those get things done days.
First thing was getting Bennie’s long walk done. Since it was so foggy, I didn’t want to walk on the roads, so I went down-back.
Surprisingly, the footing was better than it has been, mostly because the snow wasn’t as deep as it has been.
We got to walk about 2.0 miles in that stuff, which is a pretty good workout in itself. The shifting, wet snow doesn’t make it easy to walk. However, we made it down and back without getting too wet – a very good thing.
After that I headed out for a treadmill run, it was just starting to rain hard, so my choice to head inside for my run was the correct one.
Since tomorrow is going to be a messy day and running may or may not happen, I decided to do a longer run today and wanted to get in 7.0 miles versus my usual 4-5 miles on the treadmill.
I started out at 7.0 mph then increased it to 7.1 at 2.0 mile and I kept increasing it a bit all the way too the end. When I got to 4.5 miles a guy got on the treadmill beside me, he motivated me to start to increasing the speed a little more than I might have otherwise. Surprisingly, I felt pretty good considering how much I have increased my activity levels over the past couple of weeks.
When I got to 6.0 miles, I started to increase the speed by 0.1 mph ever tenth of a mile, until the last quarter and then I pushed the final quarter pretty hard. That last quarter mile after more than six miles was tough – it made me focus on my stride and cadence to get to the end.
Once I got done, I did 5:00 minutes with the incline set at 15% at 3.3 mph, which definitely gets my attention, but also stretches out the hip flexors, which like my ankles, need a lot of work.
After getting done on the treadmill, I had to hustle for my 1:00 PM acupuncture appointment. I still am not all that fond of needles, but over the last couple of weeks, I have noticed that I don’t have as many aches or pains that get in the way of my running. There isn’t any doubt that I have a leg length discrepancy – the left one is longer and she works on that first thing every session so far.
Once the legs get corrected a bit, she puts in the needles. I won’t say that I can’t feel them going in or while they are in, but it doesn’t bother me, I just lay there and go away, until it is time for them to be pulled out. I am not sure what the acupuncture is actually, but I do feel better after the sessions and sometimes that is enough.
After getting home and eating a late lunch, Bennie and I walked in the rain. Usually, he doesn’t go too far when the wind is howling and the rain is coming down semi-sideways. Today, he wanted to walk to the top of the hill and back – we got just slightly soaked. Which is fine, because the temps were in the high 40’s, but still it wasn’t all that much fun being out there in the rain, wind and fog.
Once I dried off a bit, it was time to get on the elliptical, it is just getting to be part of the routine in the afternoon and once I am on it, I sort of enjoy getting going. I did an easy 5.0 miles and watched treadmill TV running trails in the fog, so it was kind of fitting. Although it was probably back in October due to the number of leaves on the ground.
Overall, a busy but a good day.