Two weeks of sitting on my butt at work equals loss of conditioning. I enjoyed my 8k run this afternoon, but felt it in my glutes. I aimed at 7:40/km and averaged 7:50. I learn something about pacing every time I go out for a run. When I plan the pace, I need to account for the walk breaks I take. I also ran to beat music, which I really enjoyed, from Audiofuel, a UK company that has partnered with the London marathon to produce marathon training pieces. The beat moves my feet!
Today I ran into the dunes on hard pack and brick. I wanted to run faster than I run on the beach and needed firmer footing. All my parts feel good after the run. Cold-weather running is a process of putting clothes on, and taking them off a half hour later. Today, the temperature was just slightly above freezing. Winter hat, ear band, silk layer, wool layer, pullover reflecting coat. Technical gloves. Wool layer, technical tights that I use for x-country skiing and biking in the winter. Plus wool ankle-socks. I didn't bring any water, since I planned for only an hour.
Garmin Connect - Activity Details
What I liked about the run today: I saw a red fox and a big deer. Odie ran with me and has forgotten how to run on a leash. I had to remind him quite often that he was with me. But he got the hang of it. Except when we were in "scented territory" -- He's very interested in other dogs, either to master them or mate with them. That's why he's called a dog, I suppose.
I feel more energetic after my run. I will sleep better tonight too. The marathon was on my mind. Train hard so I can glide through the race. The more I sweat, the less I will bleed. Something like that. I need to do the mental training too. Pushing myself a little today, I recalled the mental talk needed for an endurance sport. It's easy to ease up. Harder to bear down. But if I want to run faster, I will need to run faster. My fantasy is a sub-Five race. That's 7:09/km. I will need to improve my running to meet that time goal. More reasonable is 5:30, in time to have my finish recorded. 7:51. Omph. What I ran today. Just another four and a half hours. Good thing I have plenty of time to train.