This was one of those top 10 day, that we all dream about mid to high 60’s, a gentle cooling breeze and bright sunshine – although it did start out at 38*F – still a bit chilly for shorts and tee-shirt at 6:00 AM.
Bennie and I did a nice 2.5 half miles down-back.
The boys sunbathing this morning. Bennie had laid down besides Joey and got up when I came in to get changed for our run. He was all ready to get out the door.
It was supposed to be 3.0 miles, but when we got on the flat he didn’t seem really into running, so we stopped at the Lower Gate. He had fun playing in the ditch-water, looking in all the crooks and crannies for anything that might be moving around. Bennie thinks he is quite the fisherman.
- Course: 161 Tiffany to SLG
- Distance: 2.5
- Time: 20:44
- Pace: 8:14
- Shoes: Hoka Clifton – Blue
- Temperature: 57*F
- Weather: Sunny, breeze and gorgeous
This was not supposed to be a long run. I had planned on doing 5.0 miles or less since I usually do my long runs on Friday – well so much for that plan.
I had seen on Strava that Ron had set a new segment record the North Street Trail this morning and wanted to see if how close I could get to it (not very close), but it is something to shoot for.
Strava Stats 5-14-15
I ran an 96 second quarter so that wasn’t too bad, but I lost some time when I had to stop and tie my right shoe, but it happens sometimes. Even so there was no way I would have taken the segment from Ron ;-).
Then I did something dumb, not stupid, just dumb – I decided to go over to Quarry Road Rec Area. I love running the trails over there, but they always seem to kick my butt – badly, despite it being all groomed trails.
Doing a hard half and then running the bumps and hills over there probably wasn’t a good choice.
There is something about the number of little bumps and then the hills that chews my legs up like no other course in the area does. I think it has to do with the trails being groomed, it makes me think I should be able to go faster and in actuality they are still trails. The constant focus that I still need to have (no zoning out) and the damn hills/bumps, make my legs toast by the time I get back to the gate.
Quarry Road about Half-way up the big hill
No different today.
I did some fast walking up the steeper sections and even on the stream side my legs felt a little too rubbery to just keep popping along. I walked a couple of time on that part of the trail, which I never do. Once I got back on the road, I just plugged along until McDonald’s when I forced my tired legs to move again – they didn’t like it, but nothing really hurt, they were just complaining to complain.
Overall and even though I did some walking in Quarry Road, I was really happy with the run – it was tough, but I didn’t stop putting one foot in front of the other and I did some strength training going up those damn hills. Yes Ron there are hills at Quarry Road, even though they don’t seem to affect a certain speed demon or is that Superman all that much heheehe.
Well the Hanson Training Method wants you to do your long runs on tired legs, so you are used to the feeling, well I have a feeling that today’s surprise 9.0 miler will mean that I will have tired legs for tomorrow’s long run.
If they are too tired, I might just make it a 10.0 miler and not go for that extra 5K+ that I originally planned on this week. :-). I don’t need to worry about my mileage totals at all this week and could easily take Sat/Sun as rest days and still finish with over 45 miles.
I have a feeling that the course that I did today is going to be my test course that I do at least once a month when it is open – it is tough, there is a little speed involved and it is hilly. It also is challenging and pushes me harder than most of the courses around here do, which means it is perfect to gauge my current level of fitness. Even if it I don’t like it, especially those hills.
One thing I did learn today is that the Clifton’s worked quite nicely at Quarry Road when it is dry, however, if it is wet, the grass going up and down the big hills the the back trail are going to be too slippery for them.
So that tells me the next pair of running shoes I get should probably be the Challenger for the grippiness on the local trails that I tend to run on. Although the Clifton 2’s come out next month and I run the roads more than I run trails, decisions, decisions.
It was a good workout – the hat doesn’t lie.
I can usually tell the quality of a workout by the salt/sweat stains on my hat