Posted by: Drew | June 18, 2007

Evening run: 6/18

I’ve been getting a little restless to get out and stretch my legs a little bit.  I hadn’t gotten out to run for over a week, and I needed to get back out there.  I told myself I was going to get up early this morning to run, but ended up staying awake too late watching movies and didn’t feel like getting up early enough.

So tonight, I waited until it got dark a little after 9 and went out in the relative “cool” of 84 degrees.  I wasn’t sure how far I wanted to go so I took off on the little course I can easily add different loops.  I knew I’d do at least 1.2 miles.

After 1.2, I felt pretty good as I was intentionally keeping the pace very reserved.  It was a little warm, but the humidity was not bad (only 40% or some such) so breathing was not too labored.  I decided I’d do a full 5k.

Twice during the run, I added some quicker strides (probably 8:00 pace) for about 50 yards.  But instead of walking after my hard intervals, I simply slowed to my previous running pace (a 4 of 10 on the perceived exertion scale).  Neither of the mini-sprints felt too difficult, and it was good to get a tiny burn into my legs.

I finished, stopped my watch, and went inside to cool down.  I hadn’t looked at my watch the whole time out, but felt like it was somewhere in the 28-30 minute range.  When I got back to the computer to log my run, I turned the watch over to read 28:43 (pretty good read, if I do say so myself).  Overall, it felt pretty easy.  I think especially so because I hadn’t done any running since last weekend.

It felt good to put my sickness behind me and get back to base building.  In about five or six weeks I’ll begin my half marathon training plan.  We’re actually putting together a custom plan at Equivita, so I’m a little excited to see how that’s going to work out.  Preliminarily, I’m shooting for averaging 9:00 miles over 13.1 in October.  We’ll see how/if that gets adjusted.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you out there.

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