Okay, now my legs feel like cement. I guess my long run yesterday really wore me out. But I suppose it was good to move my legs. This run also sucked because I had to do it at seven in the morning, because I was working until six. Yuck. And it was sprinkling. I guess this is one of those runs that’s like having to eat your vegetables: you hate to, but you know it’s good for you, so you do.
5 x 0.62 at 6.5 mph | 9:15 pace | 2 min recovery | 5 min warmup and cooldown
This run felt really good. I felt like I totally couldn’t run that fast at the beginning, so that was good. But it did become easier and easier, once I got the hang of it. I put the fan on medium, I was that sweaty. I watched Minority Report with Tom Cruise, which is a really good movie to run to. The last few intervals were during a chase scene, which was perfect! My cooldown would have been longer, but I didn’t feel like jogging during a chase scene. I tested out my new binder. It’s breathable and has less material in the back. Worked out pretty good. I felt manly. And I could breathe! I decided Minority Report is film noir, based on what I learned in my class Detective in the City. I was thinking about the interesting coloring. How it is very similar to the images the precogs give. That made me think how it was kinda fuzzy in a way. You can’t see everything clearly. And that is because of the blinding bright light, which is a characteristic of noir. I guess it’s a misnomer? The only thing they got wrong is that it should have been set in LA.
I ran earlier in the morning because I had a bunch of work stuff going on in the afternoon. I somehow woke up at 5 in the morning, again. The forecast was a high of 97 degrees, and it was already getting up there by seven or eight. I took off about at 9am. It was still so hot, but I ran anyway. I am now listening to Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind. The first part of my run felt really good. I was picking my knees up good. No slogging here. But as the run went on and the heat kicked in, I started slogging. At least I did it though, right? I think that’s an accomplishment for sure. I had a little taste of throw up in the back of my mouth. This was before the run too. No idea why, but it’s gross and I kinda felt sick. This was part of the reason I made a conscious effort to take it easy and not push it. This wasn’t the day to be throwing up on the side of the road. I knew that I might be at chance for some sort of heat stroke, especially with running. It was really nice to have my run done in the morning. It’s a big thing that I need to do every day, and I’m always having to mentally prepare throughout the day. “Oh, yeah, I still need to go for a run. Can’t forget that.” But now my thoughts were more along the lines of, “Hey, I already got my run in!”
This was my best run yet. I felt really really good all the way through. I felt like I could keep going. I wasn’t just trudging along, or focusing on putting one foot in front of the other. I was just running. And I had a really good pace. I finally broke 10:00! The temperature was just perfect too. I went just before dusk, so it wasn’t super hot, but it wasn’t nighttime. I am listening to The Callahan Chronicles by Spider Robinson.
Whoo! I did an actual workout for the first time since I got back from my backpacking trip. The main reason I took a day off yesterday — besides that I need a day off every once and a while — is that the bottoms of my feet are really sore from hitting the ground so much. It really gets to you after a while, I swear. I was really afraid of running outside and hurting my feet and having a miserable workout. So I ran on the elliptical trainer instead. My mom just got back from her run, so she walked on the treadmill and watched Due Date with me. We were watching it as a family, but my dad didn’t like it that much. I think it’s alright.
It was a lot harder work than I thought it would be. And my feet still hurt. My medial arches hurt so much! I think there’s something about the way my feet are when I’m running that stretches it. It was a really hard workout, but it was nice having my mom with me to listen to my whining. And the movie was distracting. It was actually toward the end that I was starting to feel good, instead of plain exhausted. I probably could have actually gone for longer…but I didn’t want to. Now I’m gross and sweaty in my room. But I feel really good. Not running makes me cranky, and I’ve been cranky all yesterday and all today, so I think I’m going to feel better now.