July 4, 2006
It's a holiday, I ran today, so why wait for the weekend? Let's blog today!
Yesterday I had a first visit with my friend Ray's massage therapist, and boy did that help. My legs felt like the legs of someone who doesn't run. I mean, they just felt like legs. All the way home (about 25 miles) I kept giggling about how they didn't hurt at all, didn't feel tight or tired, didn't even feel like they were there.
Of course good things seldom last, and by this morning (9 hours' sleep, wow) the legs had tightened back up a little. I had 13 on the schedule and by the time I started out it was 80F with humidity still in the high 80s, ugh. To distract myself I ran through some of the nicer parts of my neighborhood (parts I don't live in), past the high school with its perfectly nice track all locked up tight for the summer, and over to peacock park where the peacocks across the river all started screaming as I got close to the bank. With about 5 miles left, I spied Mike out a-runnin' and he graciously let me join. Bless him - those last 5 probably boosted my average pace by about 30s. I can't get over it - by myself I slog along, but put me next to someone and I start running faster without thinking about it. I think if I were a cyclist I'd be a terrible time-trialist.
I'm almost halfway through this last 100-mile week. Tomorrow morning is the dreaded tempo-interval workout. If I can get through that, I'll be happy.
Posted by joe positive at July 4, 2006 3:13 PM