OK, so this hasn’t been my best week. I overslept on Tuesday morning and had to work at the store starting at 5:15, so no run. Then Wednesday my left knee was feeling a little off. It didn’t really hurt, but it didn’t feel quite right. I think the working hours Friday-Tuesday along with cheering everyone on in the NYC Half (I’ll do more on that later) for 3+ hours on Sunday combined to just make it tired. So Wednesday was stretching and rolling.
Yesterday everything felt fine, so I headed out for a run. I debated going to Central Park and going for an entire loop to “make up” mileage, but knowing I needed to go by Trader Joe’s and return a few things, I opted to go to Prospect Park. My thought was I could do two loops and get the same mileage plus a bit as in CP, but also I’d have the bail-out after one loop.
I started out and was feeling pretty good. I did walk a bit more on the hill, but that’s nothing new. LOL. My run intervals were all in the 11-12 minute range other than that one, so I was pretty much at or around pace. I really need to figure out how to determine my average pace taking the 10 minutes and the distance of the warm-up and cool-down parts. Everytime I think I’ve got it, it turns out I don’t. Anyone know? Divide the distance by time? Time by distance? Definitely at a loss here…
Anyway, it was a really good run and I felt pretty good as I approached the point at which I started the run. I had a decision to make – though in reality I had a bit more distance to make that decision as there are two places I can get on the subway, one further than the other. I passed my entry point still unsure as to what I would do. But I kept seeing and hearing the training tips I’ve read and heard that you can’t really make up a lost workout, how you can potentially do more damage by trying to make it up. So I beeped through the rest of the intervals I’d set up in case I did the two loop thing and went into my cool-down ending with a mileage count of 3.92 yesterday.
I feel good about my decision. I could have pushed myself and gone for a second loop – and if a week like this happens again, I might. But given the offness of the knee yesterday and how tired I’ve been in general (a couple of good nights of sleep have helped that a lot) I think it was the right decision for me.
Oh, one interesting “seen on my run” note. Not one, but THREE people on those stupid Kangaroo Jump Boots. And two of them at least had the look of serious runers. I just don’t get it. I guess more power to them…as long as they don’t tumble into me or anyone else and damage us. I know anyone can fall and accidentally fall into others on a crowded path at any time. But it just seems like you’re inviting trouble wearing something like those silly things.
Tonight is the FRNY Track Meet at the New Balance Armory Track, and I’m volunteering at the awards table again. I don’t have to be there until 6:45 though, so I might try and sneak in a short easy run after school around Von King Park. If it works out, great. If not, I’m not going to beat myself up. The weekend’s long run was supposed to be a 10K…but there wasn’t one I could find to enter. So I’d initially thought I’d just try and do the distance at pace, but I’m not sure. I’ll play it by ear and either do that or maybe go for 8-ish miles again at a LSR pace.
Happy running all!!
BSR training mileage: 62.39