I wasn't going to run today, but of course I did.
It was a much better run than my last two, but I still feel annoyed bcause my time/pace was a few minutes off what I anticipated, but, at least it was completed. It was a seven miler. The last time I ran Seven was last January.
I ran for 3.5 miles without any walk breaks. I wanted to walk, and I started to tease myself by saying the word walk walk walk again and again over and over in my head. Since just hearing the word walk has such power over me, I decided I could train that away just as I could any bad form problem. At 3.5 I took a sort walk break…which was short, but caused mile 4 to be slower than I would have liked, and mile five seemed to be going along in the same manner. I did an out and back again, so I started to see familiar areas as I turned around. Mile 5 was not my friend.Oddly it was only when I finished up mile five that I realized I was going to be a few minutes off pace at mile 6, so I started to run again at a more normal pace, unfortunately I was a little tired, so that didn't last too long.
But essentially when I look at the run, I see a little bit of a U the first 3-3.5 miles look all about the same, and then the next 2 drop down withthe speed dropping, then the last 2 pull back up. Sort of the exact reverse of a tempo…
After that I felt pretty sweaty and lousy. I did jump in the pool and do 550 yards, mostly to allow everything to stretch out. Pool temp was cool though so it was a little difficult, or maybe it was hard because I was tired.
I STILL have a headache. No running tomorro, just training.
One insane thing. Garmin says I burned 800+ calories. I had no idea I could burn that many in one workout.
I am soooo not ready for the Half Marathon coming up. If I don't get into Canonlands, I'm going to train for one more month before entering a half.