Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Old man in knots

Hal wanted today's training run to be very low key, a very easy, slow effort. Even though the Garmin doesn't show it, that's exactly what I did.

Now when I say the Garmin doesn't show it, I mean if you look at my splits, it looks more like a tempo run but I was conversational for the entire run. Maybe I slipped into MP effort the last little bit but it really was an easy run.

Total distance - 3 miler
Venue - Memorial Park (WOW!!! were there a lot of people there)
Mile 1 - 13:01
Mile 2 - 13:06
Mile 3 - 12:45
Average pace - 12:58

I had my worries going into tonight's run. It was a pleasant surprise that it turned out as good as it did. I woke up this morning in knots. My ankle hurt. My calves were tight. My butt hurt when I crossed my leg (probable piriformis soreness from the goat hills on Sunday). And my knee was a bit sore. I figured when I arrived that if I had any chance of having a good run and not tying myself up even tighter, I needed to stretch A LOT! So stretch I did. I bent myself every which way I knew how, and multiple times as well. I held most of the stretches a lot longer than usual. Once I was done I jogged over to take a quick potty break before taking off and I thought, "WOW!!! I feel pretty good!" I was not the man that walked from the car to the stretching area. I felt like a new man and had a great run.

So, I'm feeling pretty good right now, kind of in a groove. This past week and a half has been the first consistent, prolonged (longer than 2 or 3 days) period that I've eaten PERFECTLY, watched my calories and fat and maintained consistent 1000+ calorie deficits. And boy does it show on the scale. I'm so flirting with going back sub-300 right now. Maybe it will be tomorrow.

So, wifey is keeping quiet but keeps hinting that she'd like me to defer my NY marathon to next year so that we will have enough money to take the whole family and make it a family vactaion of it. I haven't made a decision in that direction yet. As it stands now, I'm going, but I'll need to decide for sure in the next week or two.

And here is the most ridiculous item of the day.


RunninRobin said...

Wow those are great times for being an easy run! I can really see alot of improvement in you.

Sheesh what a hard decision for the NY marathon! Hope it all works out well for you and your family :)

Mom is on Decaf Now said...

WOW! Looks like really stretching helped!! Your times look fantastic! J-mom

Pony and Petey said...

Always nice to hear about someone's good run = )

Hey, do you keep a daily food journal? If yes, do you write down every single thing? Is that how you know your calorie deficit?

Great job on being close to sub-300!

Steve Bezner said...

Interesting link as I was led to believe that it was Cow Farting that created most of the methane and not the belching.

Oh Yeah, great run! :)

txrunnergirl said...

Great job on the run and on the healthy eating! Keep up the good work!