|Time||Total – 1:25:15||Speed||Overall – 8:32 min/mile|
|Breakfast||6:00 AM – PowerBar, water|
|Workout Food||small bottle w/2 scoops Sustained Energy|
|Therapy||stretching – hamstrings, calves, hip abductor|
|Weather||low to mid 40s, foggy|
|Clothing||shorts, Craft short sleeve undershirt, long sleeve active T, cap|
It's Sunday so it must be time to hit the woods with the ultra crowd. In attendance today were Bill H, Justin A and Frank.
I was feeling pretty TIRED this morning... the long ride yesterday coupled with my seeming inability to get enough sleep (which is getting old if you ask me) had me a little worried honestly. Worried enough that I contemplated bagging the run today.
As we got out of our cars I looked around and it was like I had crashed a MT101 party or something. Everyone was wearing them – even the same color – except for me.
Thankfully the pace up the first climb was very sedate. But then we must have sped up because when we got to the road crossing I was absolutely sucking wind. Everyone stopped to pee here and kept on walking, then jogging and finally running again just to give myself a a little space. I think it took Bill about 1/4 mile to close the gap. Nice.
For the next several miles Bill and I were just ahead of Justin and Frank. Justin is pretty good about keeping a recovery run at a recovery pace but Bill likes to ease on the gas pretty much all the time... I just wanted to see if I cold hang so clung to Bill's heels for a while. Eventually Bill pulled away from me and Frank and Justin caught me and that's how we finished. Once or twice I did manage to reel Bill back in on a descent but even the slightest incline meant he just floated away and I was reduced to shuffling. Ouch.
As we got to the bridge (read: finish line) I glanced at my watch and was very surprised to see that I had run this loop faster than ever. I think the first time I gave this a go we clocked 1:30 or so and then I did a 1:28 and maybe a 1:27 so today was another chunk of time less. No wonder I was breathing so hard.
ASIDE – some day I will need to show up here when I am rested, am running more and see if I can go under 1:20. I bet I can.
After the usual post-run sarcasm (frequently revolving around my outfit, shoes or the amount of mud on my calves from my shoes hitting them) we parted ways and I drove away. Instantly I was starving and I was craving something savory... Hooray for QFC. I made a beeline for the parking lot and the first isle I walked down was the meat isle so I grabbed a package of Yves meatless ham and wolfed it on the spot. Sweet, sweet satisfaction. Then I drove home and ate more.
Man, that run after the Saturday ride really finished me off. I think it might be time to quit this running as hard as that is for me to do right now and focus on two wheels. I did the first Cougar loop a few weeks ago just to prove to myself that I was over my injury and to feel like I was 'back' so mission accomplished. I better focus on the bike now.
Funny how hard this will be/is... These guys are great to run with and I'm really enjoying being able to do more than one sport at a time.