This morning I had an appointment to get the truck inspected and do an oil change, plus find out how much it was going to cost to fix the tail gate handle that broke last week (been an expensive November – so far). Which meant that I also got to go for a bit of a run while they were working on the Ranger.
Week 3 – Day 1
Today is a scheduled rest day, but this plan is a beginner plan and only has 4 days running a week, so I usually add 1 or 2 depending on how the old body is feeling. Actually I was feeling pretty chipper, so I figured that I would either do an out and back on the Rail Trail thru Hallowell or go back up thru Augusta and run the bridges. A lot depended on the wind and how I felt after I got going.
Well the wind was in my face and gusting pretty decently, with the temps in the high 20’s and the wind chills bringing it down into the teens, I figured that it would be better to run against the wind and have it at my back on the way back. Trying to be a little smarter about fighting the wind as it gets colder.
I did use a different app on my phone called Interval Timer to remind me to do form work or this weeks focus of getting my lean on. I am not going to say it is perfect, but it worked pretty damn good for what I wanted from it. When I do focus intervals, I will be using it instead of the Chi App for certain training runs, but it doesn’t have the cadence beep trainer, which I will need in a week or two. So we will see, but it does work well for what I want from it.
Getting back to today’s run.
I purposely didn’t try to run too fast, because I also planned on running 6.0 miles for the first time in a while.
The Rail Trail was extremely quiet today, I met only one other person on it, which means most of the fair weather regulars are now gone. It was strange though to only see one other person out there, after all the times of having to navigate around so many most of the summer.
About 4.5 miles into the run, my left Achilles started to tighten up a little, so I used a little more advanced feature of Chi Running and attempted to relax my legs below the knee. I must have been toeing off, instead of lifting because once I focused on that for a bit, the left leg started to feel more comfortable again. So the hard toe-off might have been a larger part of my Achilles’ tendon issues than I knew.
Once I got back into Hallowell, I could feel myself slowing down and didn’t really try to push through it. I just maintained a steady level of effort and didn’t really worry about the pace. I know that the little bumps after Hallowell to ACAR did slow me down more than they used to.
Overall, I was very happy with how I did on a longer run than I have done in quite a while. The effort was not ridiculous to finish and even though I wasn’t trying for a “faster” pace, the pace was better than I thought it would be. Good run.
The truck got inspected, although the brake light on the cab was out (didn’t know that) and I found out that I really need to replace the battery. Which I kind of thought I might after having to jump it last week and a couple hundred to replace the broken tail gate handle. Life goes on, but it does seem to be expensive to maintain vehicles, but the alternative is to be sitting on the side of the road or some parking with a vehicle that ain’t running. Me, I prefer to get home and do my sitting on the couch.
Next Monday, I get to go back and get the battery and sometime in early December will get the tailgate back to working order.
Keep smiling, these things are just part of the deal, but at least the running is going better than it has in a long time.