After four days off from running (I felt super unmotivated, lackluster, tight, tired, you name it...) today felt just fine. In fact, it felt pretty good! And I didn't even have any music to keep me company because my iPod died the other day.
I just took it easy and luckily that's how it felt.
On a whim I weighted myself before and after the run just to see where I was since I had not been on any scale in ages and I also counted my strides. Turns out that just like in cycling, keeping your cadence up takes stress off of your legs and transfers it to your aerobic system (heart and lungs) which recover much faster. What is the 'optimal' cadence for running? Well obviously that varies from individual to individual just like in cycling but I have heard 90 strides more than anything else. Interesting that this is the EXACT same number people talk about when they mention optimal cycling cadence. Coincidence? probably not.
|Body Weight||before run - 179 lb.|
after run - 177 lb.
This is a little higher than I'd like to be but Shelley already accuses me of acting too much like a girl in this regard so I should probably relax...
|Therapy||12:45 PM - 15 min sauna|
|Time of Day||12:00 PM|
My cadence was 86 strides/minute which seems pretty good for a taller person?
|Course||treadmill - 1% incline|
|Pace||5 min at 7:30, 24 min at 7:00, 1 min at 6:00, 5 min at 15:00 (walking cool down)|
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