Do the How – Stop whining.
Planned Workout Description:
Workout: Stryd Intro Plan Day – 5 — 30:00 Minute Easy Run
Purpose: Easy Run – Get time on my feet and run easy
- 2 x 15 Straight Leg Eccentric Calf Drops each leg on the ladder
- 2 x 15 Bent Leg Eccentric Calf Drops each leg on the ladder
- 30 – Calf Raises both legs on the ladder
- 10 – single leg calf raises no support on the floor
- 15 x steps hip extensions
Didn’t do warm-up
- Course: Troy Trail O/B and Howard Circle
- Type: Stryd Intro Plan Day 5 – Easy run
- Distance: 3.47
- Duration: 32:53
- Power: 210
- Running Streak Day #: 1
What I Actually Did Today:
By the time I got out to run, it was pretty warm, but I wanted to get the run in after yesterday’s surprise rest day. I needed the run more for stress relief than exercise today.
I had gone lawnmower shopping after both of the ones we had stopped working this week. When I buy items like this, I prefer to go to the local dealers because they service what they sell. Unfortunately, inventory at those smaller dealers was non-existent, exorbitantly expensive, or worse, the business had closed. Which lead to going back to Lowe’s asking them to let me have the floor display model that I had looked at on Tuesday.
Then waiting around for almost 30:00 minutes to get a decision from management and having one of the workers getting it down off the rack. It just took longer than it should have, but I was patient and kept smiling. However, I did get the lawnmower that I needed (not the one I was looking for). While expensive, it was about what I expected when I left the house this morning.
By the time I got home, I had needed the run.
The run itself was nothing special. I maintained a nice comfortable pace, slowing on the hills and sorting through the morning’s activities. While buying a lawnmower is not a big deal or a significant purchase. Still, at the same time, it is stressful when you have to drive over 70 miles and make numerous stops to find one that is acceptable. So, the run helped me sort through all that stuff.
I was pretty happy with how I felt running and surprised at the Power number average. Still, I am not really concerned about the CP number right now. I am using the Stryd Running plans more to decide what I should be doing for training than worrying about my power numbers.
I know that isn’t the idea behind getting Stryd. Still, my numbers will be inaccurate because I can’t run maximum power tests yet.
Variables that impacted the run:
Injuries/Niggles: The Achilles felt pretty good after the day off yesterday, and while I didn’t push things, I could have gone faster if I had wanted to. At least until I did 2.5 hours of lawn mowing this afternoon, then it grumbled quite a bit at the end. It still doesn’t like all those turns that mowing a lawn required.
Weather: Few clouds, 73°F, Feels like 75°F, Humidity 73%, Wind 6mph from SW
Shoes: ASICS EvoRide 2 – No issues with them at all. I just ran and didn’t think about the running shoes.
Yesterday became a surprise rest day because it was the last day of construction on the house. I needed to be around for the questions that came up, buy lunch for the contractors (they did good, and I wanted to say thank you), and make sure that the clean-up was done reasonably. There will always be some stuff that, as the homeowner, we end up doing, but I wanted to make sure that they did clean up as much of the messes they created as possible.
The last days of a project like this are always the most stressful, and yesterday was no exception, but we got the house looking the way we want it to. It is more structurally sound and should be relatively maintenance-free for the next few years – at least, that is what we hope.
I would have rather run, but sometimes life gets in the way of running, and you don’t.
After the run and eating lunch, I tried out the new lawnmower for 2.5 hours. It worked great, me not so much, the Achilles was barking pretty good by the end, and I was pretty well beat. But I still had to install an air conditioner (the temps will be in the ‘90s over the next 3-4 days – so the A/C is definitely needed.
Even though I am doing Stryd’s Intro to Power plan, I also realize that my left Achilles is not ready for prime time. Realistically I probably won’t be able to run the max efforts required to get an accurate CP for another month or maybe even a bit longer.
Still, it is frustrating while doing this Intro Plan that my Critical Power continues to decline. Even though I am running more and feeling better about my running than I have since March. It is kind of a confidence killjoy at this point, which I don’t want or need.
While I will continue to do the Stryd Intro Plan to completion, the Critical Power it provides will probably not be very accurate. After finishing it, I most likely will manually set the number to match a 25:00 5K to start my half marathon training plan.
I think this is one of the limitations of the Stryd Power process. When coming back from an extended layoff or injury, their CP modeling may not be as helpful as when you are healthy and can complete the max efforts correctly.