18 October 2011


Today's training session called for 8 "slow" miles. After running an ultra just about every month for the last 2 years, I think I've lost some of my speed. Suddenly, 8:30 minute miles didn't feel quite as slow as I would have expected, which doesn't bode well for tomorrow, when I am required to run 10 miles at a minimum 7:20 minute per mile pace. Considering the weather forecast for tomorrow along with the need to maintain a fast pace (if at all possible), I'll probably opt for the dreadmill tomorrow.

I was on my own this morning, since each one of the usual suspects was out of town or otherwise preoccupied...or plain lazy;-) I left my house at 6AM, since it would only take me a little more than an hour. The weather was perfect, 58 degrees Fahrenheit. There was no wind to speak of, making for perfect running conditions. It was still dark when I took of and it stayed dark for most of my run. I headed to UAH for the usual loop, which I modified to a figure 8 loop to get my exact mileage. For the most part, I was very comfortable during my run without any problems of maintaining pace. However, towards the end of my run I did start to feel the effects of yesterday's speed work and having started my cross training as well.

Tomorrow is going to be tough. I might sleep in and run in the evening instead to give myself more time to get rid of the muscle soreness, a direct result of my cross training routine. Maybe I'll be able to shake some of that soreness during my cross training session at lunch tomorrow. I'm finally making good use of my gym membership again.

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