Man! someone sure has been lazy about getting this posted. This someone may or may not also have been particularly stupid and deleted the first version of this post only to have to compose it again. Maybe…maybe not… Anyway…
Mon 9/16 – rest
Tues 9/17 – 6 + 0.6 mi / 52:30 + 5:35 min
It’s amazing what 48 F does to your morning run. I had a 7 am experiment start time today and then nothing time sensitive for a few hrs. So, shamefully goosebumped as the wussy Minnesotean that I am, I took advantage of this luxury and got the miles in early. thankful to be in capris (rather than the normal booty skirt) and (for the first time in months) short sleeves and armwarmers, I managed a very fast (relative…be nice…) first 6 (3 road + 3 trail) and then a respectable final 0.6 up the
ass hole character building Washington Ave hill. The knees unfortunately got sore around mile 5 (as has been the case lately :-/) but overall it felt great. It was cool and calm and what a great fall run should be. I’d forgotten what these little treasures are like given the 3 whole days of fall we get in MN (after the whole 6 days of summer…). NJ best have a lot more of these up her sleeve over the next few months or I’ll be sorely disappointed! I brought one pack of gummies, mostly because they sounded yummy and I could. No water.
Wed 9/18 – cross – flag football
Yes, this totally counts. No, I’m not 7. Before the game I was thinking to myself how absolutely ridiculous it would be to include this little extra curricular activity in the training log. But damn. It’s
interesting depressing how undertrained I am for this kind of running. Short fast bursts, changing directions, stopping and then starting again, a few down minutes and then repeat. Nevermind jumping to catch a ball or accidentally tackling the scrappy wide receiver on the red team (who conveniently happens to sweat a mysterious gluey substance specifically on the palms of his hands) during a “poorly calculated flag grab attempt.” Oops. Anyway, a different set of muscles definitely got a work out today. The legs, hips and butt are going to be throwing themselves a pity party tomorrow for sure. Should I maybe get on those core exercises and think about doing some cross a little more seriously? Maybe…
Thurs 9/19 – 10.6 mi / 1:37
Success!! Ran to work, started an experiment, ran home,
kind of showered and rolled into work for good by the young hour (this is not sarcasm) of 9:30 am.
Now on all fronts it was definitely a success, but damn was I tight from flag football! Not the most comfortable leg muscle situation for the entirety of the run, but this is probably a good message for me. Flag-football-leg-condition aside things felt pretty good. It was cool (55 F or so at the start) which felt good but also felt chilly…go figure. The knees started hurting towards the end and I would’ve enjoyed a visit from the water fairy as well, but I really can’t complain.
Much to my dismay, I left my MP3 player at work on Wednesday and had to complete the first half of the run with no music!!! *gasp* (I know, I’m as surprised as you are that I even survived.) But to my pleasant surprise, it was a rather pleasant change from the norm. *gasp* I can’t say that I would want to do this all the time, and of course I plugged in the tunes as soon as I headed back out for the leg back, but it really wasn’t the fiery hell that I has been envisioning.
Fri 9/20 – rest
Sat 9/21 – 18.8 mi / 3:27
This week’s long run was an awesome start to the weekend. Not because I felt so good (the legs felt like rubber bands and stones all at the same time…thanks a lot flag football and wussy legs…) and not because the weather was so nice (now I
probably definitely shouldn’t complain about this but it was kinda cold (~55 F and drizzly at the start). However, I had awesome company with who to co-suffer through the 19 miles (engineering approximation…shoot me) we had a sweet new trail to explore (found by aforementioned co-sufferer Dr. Sami) and we looked damn cute (of course).