December 18, 2005
hard meant hard
I love running the day after a hard workout because I get to putter around just taking it easy, daydreaming about anything, rubbernecking around the neighborhood. The trend in outdoor xmas decorations this year is inflatable 5-foot-tall stuff - santa, reindeer, elf, snowman - that looks like hell but is fun to watch deflating. Someone's got a new bulldog puppy who's at the stage where he's so plump and floppy-looking you'd swear you'd leave a dent if you poked him lightly with an index finger. The lady walking her pekingese up the street is followed, as always, by her cat and the cat's kitten. The old Spanish man rides by on his three-wheeler and waves, and I wonder what's happened to the doberman who used to run by his side, but I don't speak enough Spanish to ask. All this reverie is meant to soften up the fact that I ran 9 miles this morning at 9:25 pace - yes, you heard it right - which is all my legs wanted to do. I've read someone's opinion (can't remember whose) that hard workouts should be run hard enough that you have no choice but to run the easy ones at an easy pace. I guess that's what's happening here.
Posted by joe positive at December 18, 2005 2:16 PM
welcome to the middle of a packer training run and you actually maintained 9.25 avg for 9 miles. Wow, when I maintain this pace on my training runs I think I'm blessed and could possible hit a 7:30-7:50 in a actual race. I believe that there was top (whos'name is too complicated to spell) runner who once said, "Train at the pace that you want to run in a race" if it was only that easy. Thoughts from a now barely middle of a packer :)
Posted by: DawB at December 24, 2005 12:14 PM