I went out today for the schedule 10 mile run at long run pace per Hanson Marathon Method, which should be about 7:40 minute miles. If you have followed along, I have yet do that, I always go too fast. I thought today would be a good day to try to do that pace... but I didn't.
As I no longer feel like a rusty trombone, I felt like I might have somewhat better legs today.
I woke up at 5, had a cup of coffee and gave myself about 90 minutes to shake off the morning cobwebs.
Aside from getting my legs nice and limber again, I am regaining what paces should feel like. All I can say is, all this from just a few days off? I obviously have mental issues working against me.
I went out and felt my left leg start to feel a tad tight, I was thinking - wow, I really can't hit any pace.. this isn't good. I didn't turn my GPS on, so I was just going by my stopwatch. At the .9 mile marker (.5 on the trail) I looked and I was at 6:10 for time. Well no wonder, I was busting speed when I should just be warming up. I spent the next few miles just trying to fall back into place with my normal running, which didn't happen until about mile 5. I was still doing 7 minute miles until then. I slowed down enough that my end average time 7:24 minute miles. Closer to prescribed pace, but slower than what I usually do. (Prior 14 mile run was done at 7:15s).
So my self reported progress is such:
Leg Strength: 95%
Form: 90% (knees are tapping once in awhile which hasn't happened in over a year, and my right leg is still compensating a bit)
Speed: 90% (trying to make sure I don't stretch my hammie post runs, which leaves me a little tight)
I'm happy with the progress considering how I felt in my first couple runs back.
I need to force myself to slow down these long runs though, apparently my ego is too big to let me do that alone.
Tomorrow is an easy 8 miles. I'll be doing a portion of it at Pint night at Fleet Feet. Will I see you there?
And some Sunday Photos:
I also tried something new at Lickity Split today, I got a vanilla frozen custard, mixed with a red velvet cupcake, and got a shot of espresso in it! It added a good UMPH!
I hope ya'll had a good Sunday!