Thursday, October 9, 2014

Run Journal - #38 -40

#38 Details: 35 easy
Shoes: Hoka Huaka

First run since the long Saturday jaunt. I'm continuing to nurse the achilles, but it wasn't too bad. I felt it a few times on the run, but nothing to be concerned about.

#39 Details: 7 60/60 speed intervals
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara 5

My achilles felt GREAT today. Well, at least until I got stupid. Normally I have tennis on Tuesdays but I had a "bye" this week, so I went to crossfit and then afterwards to a local elementary school's track. Speed work is a little easier on a track and they are usually a nice reprieve from the hard concrete; something made even more important when doing speed work. The run itself felt terrific; almost no noticeable discomfort in my achilles at all. I can't tell you how much of a relief this was. It gives me hope that I can heal from this minor injury without taking the huge break in running schedule that would sideline my long term marathon plan. I won't make that decision until after the half marathon this month, but things are definitely looking up!

I mentioned being stupid above. That came after the run. I got back in the car and checked my email.  The tennis guys needed a sub for someone who couldn't make it. I had just been to crossfit AND gone on a run. The smart thing would have been to let it be, but smart isn't always my strong suit, so I volunteered. Uggg. Tennis is one of the worst things I can do for my achilles. It involves jumping from zero to sprint in an instant and that causes me heel problems on the best days, much less when I trying to recover from an injury. In any case, it's no surprise that I tweaked my heel repeatedly during the match and was feeling awful afterwards. Wednesday is a rare off-day on the run schedule so I took full advantage of it and only did some Yoga.

#40: 30 tempo
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara 5

After Wednesday's dumb move playing tennis, I was a bit sore, but today's tempo run went pretty well. I felt it a bit during the first mile, but then things settled down. The run itself went well as far as pace is concerned: 8:35 which may be my best tempo run ever. Tomorrow is an off day for running so I'll have a nice break before the Saturday run.

Speaking of which, I'm a little frustrated that the Saturday run is a full 13 miles. I know this is silly, but 13 (or actually 13.1) is a half marathon and a genuine accomplishment, mile marker, achievement... whatever you want to call it. It would be nice if took place at an actual "event" like the half marathon planned in October. The training schedule does, in fact, work itself around the upcoming half marathon by tapering a bit the week before, but hitting that actual half marathon distance this week in a very anonymous manner is a bit of a let down. We get medals at the real thing. :)

Like I said, it's ridiculous to feel this way, but it still bothers me.