Philbrick Speed Work – RunLog 7-31-18

No Quarry Road 5K trail race tonight, I decided early on in the day that I wasn’t going. After yesterday’s aborted run due to my left Plantar Fascia telling me all kinds of nasty things, there was no way I was going to run fast uphill tonight. I spent most of yesterday afternoon and early this morning enjoying the golf ball finding every little shred of crackly, snappy stuff in that foot that I could stand. LOTS OF FUN – not.

It seems that the Salomon Sonic’s were just a bit too stiff for my left foot. I experience this problem in shoes that don’t flex well and those that have a full length outsole sometimes make it talk to me about everything but wanting to run on it. I will play with the Salomon’s more and in a week will try them again for a few more miles to see if I have resolved the issue or if they will go away.

So this morning, I wasn’t even sure if I would be running or not.

On Bennie’s long walk the PF loosened up a bit, so I figured that I would give it a go. Now today is my faster day and since I wasn’t going over to Quarry Road, that I might as well see if the PF would let me do some sort of faster running – probably nothing race pace, but faster than I have done lately. I know, a rest day is what I should have done, but I was antsy this morning and things were feeling better than I expected.

Also I didn’t feel like going to the track, so I decided to do laps out in front of the house and measured a .25 distance from the speed limit sign down past the house on a flat portion of the road and did my repeats on that.

I somehow managed to do 6 x .25 at sub 7:00 pace in pretty warm conditions and then did 4 x 2 power poles at faster paces. When I got done, I felt like shite and had to force myself to do the cool-down mile. However, the left plantar felt great and once I started abusing myself doing speedwork, I forgot all about that and focused on how bad I was feeling during the fast repeats.

The joy of doing speedwork in hot weather. Speed work when done right doesn’t feel good while you are in the middle of a repeat and in hot weather it really sucks for me, but it does condition the body to enduring faster running.

At least that is my story and I am sticking to it.

Yeah I had on the Nike Rival 6’s and they do encourage me to run faster when I am wearing them.

Overall, it was a very good workout, where I ran a LOT faster than I thought that I was going to when I started. Sometimes you just have to start the workout and see where it takes you – if the PF had bothered after that first mile warm-up I would have shut it down.

However, it didn’t and if I had just gone ahead and accepted that my PF was bothering too much, I would have missed out on a pretty good speed-work session.

It was just as well that I didn’t go to Quarry Road, it ended up that we needed to drop off the Jeep this evening at ACAR to see what is going on with it. So things worked themselves out quite well.

Now to figure out how to get the Salomon’s so they do not bother the PF, I have a couple of ideas, but need to wait a week or two to let the Plantar Faciitis calm back down completely before I go experimenting. I do like the Salomon’s, but if they continue to bother the PF they will go away.

A nice workout to finish the month off.

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