Anyway, now on to my pain ...
Fortunately, it's not my calf again or some other injury, but it hurt nonetheless. What, you say?
A hard 5-miler yesterday.
With a marathon on tap for this weekend, I had to be super duper careful not to overdo things, yet I had to be honest about working hard. Since my calf fiasco last month, I've done mostly long & slow runs. That is, after I could even run again (there was no running to speak of as I hobbled around for 2 weeks). But, of course, I'm working with Coach Bill again and, well, I did not hire him to let me do what I want, did I???
So "5 miles Hard" was what he wrote and that's what had to be done. Wah, I'd rather run 20 miles easy!
I started out with a mile warm-up. Then I stretched my legs. Then I stretched my arms. Then I checked my Garmin to make sure it was going to record what I was going to do (you'd be surprised how many times I've accidently stopped it instead of started it -- doh!). Then I took some deep breathes. Then I checked my Garmin again. Jeez, get on with it already!!
OK, here we go. Beep!
1st mile, 7:31 - Well, I didn't want to start out too fast anyway.
2nd mile, 7:22 - Better, and no word from Mr. or Mrs. Calf. Doubly good.
3rd mile, 7:15 - Ran past a group of Navy guys chatting & stretching. Had to look strong.
4th mile, 7:20 - Darn. Starting to feel the burn.
5th mile, 7:14 - OMG, how much further, how much further, how much further?!?!?!!!
Beep! Thank god!!
5 miles in 36:42, a 7:20 avg pace.
TBH, I was a little disappointed. But not bad for a solo effort and so early in the season and coming off an injury. There's definitely some work to do to meet some TBA goals I also have this year, though.
Mind: HA, you thought we were just going to do 8 marathons, 2 half
marathons, a 10K, a 5K and a couple half irons and leave it at that?
Body: Gulp, yeah.
Mind: Silly body! Mwhahahahaha.
Anyway, it's all systems go. My first marathon of the year is in Wisconsin on Sunday. It's another crazy indoor one :-)