January 16, 2005
and it's not even over - I get another day off, yay. A cold front has been slowly chugging through the area, and the 50s and 60s made for some good running weather. Yesterday I ran 3 2-mile loops through the neighborhood. Tried flats for the middle loop, and it felt ok. It's amazing how thick and spongy NB 833s feel after a pair of flats.
This morning I met a former long-run partner for a slow run after his race. Last summer we used to train together at track and on Sundays; he led me in speedwork and short races while I tended to push on the ling runs. After I got injured I quit running with him (or anyone), and his training has gone really well and he's become a fantastic runner. I was afraid his idea of slow would be too fast for me now, or my idea of long-run pace would be too slow for him, but if today's run was too easy for him he was too much of a gentleman to say so.
For the second week in a row I've run just under 50 miles, crosstrained a couple of days, and done 2 hard workouts (track + long run) per week. Eveything seems ok, though I can tell my body is complaining about the increased workload. I have a nice sore spot where my right back pocket is, and I want to keep that from getting tight and pulling on my ITB. The half-marathon next week finishes up with a couple of miles straight along the left side of a fairly crowned road. Last year I learned that was a great way to lock up the IT band completely :-)
Posted by joe positive at January 16, 2005 6:37 PM