Thursday, September 24, 2009
Am I Too Tired Or Did I Eat Lead For Lunch?
Went to Twin Brooks to practice the course and to try and get my speed going for the Craig Cup 5k. At first I planned a 5 mile speed run with the hopes of maintaining an 8 minute pace or maybe a bit better.
Well, Murfy's law is always lurking around the corner and this night it decided to pay a visit. You see, I think I am pretty smart, I don't like carrying the truck key with me. (long story short, I lost the truck key somewhere in the woods at the Pineland 25K two years ago and vowed to never run with my keys again.)
So, I leave my large wad of keys in the truck cab and I have a hidden door key in the back of the cap. It works real well.....except for this one time. Sometime in the last couple of days I locked the rear cap door, I guess I forgot and never unlocked it.
You can guess what happened, I jumped out of the truck, locked my doors and went to the back to put my water bottle in there......well the cap door was locked! OK, I have no tools, my phone is still in the cab and no one is around. What a way to start a run.
I figured because of the short window of time before dark, I better find a way to get the key while I could still see, so running first was out of the question unless I just ran home for some tools.
I did finally get into the truck and I still had time for the run, though I am sure I was not quite as relaxed as I wanted after the ordeal. I won't go into the details because then all of you would know how to get into my truck.
Now that problem one was solved, I hit problem two....it was damn humid out and I could feel it right from the start. The first mile really sucked and I was pretty sure that someone (maybe Murfy again) put lead in my legs and butt....boy was I dragging.
My first mile came in at about 7:45 and there was no way I was going to maintain that for four more miles! I decided to do 2 mile repeats and finish with a one mile cooldown run. The more I thought about this during mile two, the easier it was to decide to stop and recover.
I did managed a 7:58 average pace for the first 2 mile but my lungs were whimpering and whinning for more air and my whole body was just plain dead. I decided to suck it up and try to run a faster second 2 mile.
It was not in the cards tonight as my second two mile was much worse and I only averaged a 8:05 pace. I guess I need to train a bit more before I can feel fast...
All I felt during this run is hot,slow and tired.
If things don't get better, I suspect my Craig Cup 5k will be quite dissapointing. I am actually hoping that my problem was the humidity and the next run there will feel great!! I guess one can hope ...right?
Total run 5 miles
2 miles @15:55 (7:58p) 145-162 (ahr/mhr)
2 miles @16:09 (8:05p) 154-162
1 mile @9:00 147-154
Skipped track because I had surgery Monday (was still a guite sore)and walked (briskly) for 2 miles.......does that qualify as a workout?