RunLog 11/30/11 – I Ran Anyway

Okay today was supposed to be a scheduled day off. Thanks to my compatriots on Twitter, I got the itch to run today.  It was just too nice a day to take off – 54F and bright sunshine for the last day of November.  I actually wore shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt with my synthetic undershirt to wick away the sweat.

I wanted to run at least 3.0 and just do it easily. I ran easy and really focused on my form and forefoot striking while running.  After the first 1.5 miles I had to find a tree, I really hate it when that happens, but it is just part of running, sometimes you can’t wait and have to do it whereever/whenever.

During the run I got to thinking and that for me can be pretty damned dangerous. I haven’t done any speed work for a long, long time. My knee was feeling really good and I wasn’t putting a lot of effort into the run, so I thought why not. I would do 2 phone pole repeats (about 100 yards) and see how it went.

When I finished my 3.2 mile run which was a new course record by 6 seconds, I still don’t know how I did it without trying to. Who knows maybe loosing weight and running for a month is starting to get me in shape.

I did the 5 repeats of the 2 telephone pole distance which I am going to call a 100 yards.

  1. 0:0:26:47
  2.       25:48
  3.       22:38
  4.       21:98
  5.       21.32

On the first one my body was going what to hell is going on here and wasn’t much better on the second one. However, 3, 4 and 5 were pretty good, the old body sort of remembered how to run faster and although it certainly doesn’t come close to my glory days, it felt fantastic to be running sort of fast again. The best part was that during or after there was no pain in my knee.

You know something I still like running fast 😉  — for me that is.

I even went out back of the garage and did light weights with high reps for 15 minutes – did I mention that I hate lifting weights!!!

Quality of run: Very good
Time of Run: 10:30 A.M.
Weight: 176 (the scale moved at last second off 175) 😉
Temp:  54F
Weather: Brigh and sunny

Good way to end November.