February 4, 2006
not quite the end times
Yesterday a freak herd of thunderstorms dumped 8 to 15 inches of rain on the 2 counties I spend the most time in. It rained all day, sinking the office park where I work under serveral feet of water in some places, including some of the places I need to drive through to get out of the park and onto the road home. Since I drive a little car, it was touch and go for a while, especially with the hummers and SUVs making waves as they plowed through the water. Most of the drivers were surprisingly nice, and allowed me to cut in front of them to get out of the deepest water. But the guy who drives the SUV with vanity plate UP TICK can kiss my mini cooper's ass.
There was still a lot of water on the road today, so I put off the long run until tomorrow. Which is just as well, because yesterday morning my left calf got tight, then tighter, then so sharply painful I had to stop running for a bit. I have no idea what I did to it. A few weeks ago I developed a blister on the sole of that foot; though I've made a conscious effort not to limp or run funny, maybe conscious isn't enough. I've noticed lately that my easy pace is faster than it used to be; maybe it's not easy enough. I ran 6 easy miles on the treadmill the other night, but again, easy isn't what easy used to be, so maybe it wasn't easy enough for a treadmill run.
Anyway, today my leg is still tight but a lot better. I ran 11+ this morning and I could feel it, but never to the point where I wanted to stop. Tomorrow is 21 miles, which isn't scary in itself, but the workout has a last-10-miles-at-MP clause, which is sort of scary. I will try.
Posted by joe positive at February 4, 2006 4:59 PM
I just found your blog and it is a really good read. For someone in such really great shape its a shame you are so down on yourself so much of the time. You have made terrific progress in your running ( I would kill for your times). Maybe you should give yourself a break from the Garmin and take time to remember what the flowers smell like! Just go out for a few really unstructured long runs and be thankful that you CAN.
Good luck for 2006!
Posted by: David Rodley at February 6, 2006 11:58 AM