Monday, October 6, 2008

12 miles, a snake, and no rolled ankles

The week went pretty well.

I had to do a little switching around of workouts due to my travel schedule, and i'll have to do it again this coming weekend.  I'll lose Saturday's Long Run.  I'll probably just try and get in a few 5-7 milers, throw some surges or fartleks (love that word) depending on how I feel.  

This past weekend's long run went well.  Due to scheduling conflicts, I had to run it on sunday, not saturday like I normally do.  My legs are tired today, and the ankle I've rolled in the past, has been stiff, sore, and a bit swollen.  It's not too bad, I can walk on it no problem, but it hurt a bit at the beginning of yesterday's 12 miler.  After it warmed up, it was fine.  I wore an ankle brace because of the rocky trail, I was lucky enough not to roll it again.   I ran into a snake. Luckily, it wasn't a rattler.  I was trudging up a very steep hill, with my head down and looking only 2 feet in front of me, and there he was, just a little 1-2 foot green snake.  (grass snake?) He wasn't really freaked out by me at all, couldn't have cared less.  He sniffed the air with his tongue, I said hello, and moved along past him.  

Because of my tired legs today, and nagging ankle issues, I'm going to forgo today's speed work. I think the rest will be better for me in the long run, (pun intended), than trying to gut out a speed workout on tired legs.  I don't want to get injured.  I will probably run the speed work tomorrow, and lose the easy 45 minutes I had scheduled.  

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Good One


Today's run was  a 7 mile negative split.  I ran it in :58:18 with my average pace being 8:19/mile, and, dare I write it... I felt strong.  I ran the last 1/4 mile uphill section pretty well, and got my heart rate up to 182... all in all, I was pleased with the run.  It's not often I feel that way, so I'm choosing to enjoy the fleeting feeling.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


A post!  Amazing!

I ran an easy 6 miler today... in new shoes.  Awww yeah... Mizuno Wave Inspire 4's.