- Run 9 miles early Saturday morning in 23 mph winds
- Next, get strapped down to the torture rack for a leg "massage" with my sadist massage therapist at 9AM
- Accordingly, spend the day recovering from said "massage"
- That night, go to dinner & movie with aforementioned therapist and her husband while she snickers diabolically to herself as the bruises on my legs continue to expand
- Finally, get up and slug through 18 miles on Sunday with dead, lactic-acid filled legs
- Oh, and go to lunch with daughter Madison and my son & law Nate & Michael ... the best part.
Besides being the world's best massage therapist, Christa's also a friend of ours and we've all had dinner a couple of times. She's awesome ... but this woman will hurt you. And I'm pretty sure my leg muscles hate her. I usually try to drink plenty of water after a visit, and even go for a walk or something to get rid of the lactic acid that builds up during a massage. But it never fails, if I run the day after I see her, my legs feel nice and loose, but they also feel like two boat anchors the next day. So my run on Sunday was a little rough, but I got through it and was fairly satisfied with how the splits looked for a long run ...
Warm Up 9 Miles@7:11 Pace Cool Down
Mile 1 - 8:43 Mile 6 - 7:26 Mile 15 - 8:16
Mile 2 - 8:23 Mile 7 - 7:28 Mile 16 - 7:52
Mile 3 - 8:23 Mile 8 - 7:16 Mile 17 - 8:43
Mile 4 - 8:12 Mile 9 - 7:18 Mile 18 - 8:26
Mile 5 - 8:00 Mile 10 - 7:06
Mile 11 - 7:04
Mile 12 - 7:13
Mile 13 - 6:54
Mile 14 - 7:08
I noticed right away that my legs felt fairly non-responsive, and overall I just felt sluggish and tired. But I really wanted to push a 9-10 mile stretch during a long run about 20-30 seconds above my target pace for my half-marathon at Indy in 27 days. Even though the morning was perfect, about 55-60 with no wind, it was still a grind trying to meet my targeted pace. But considering how I felt going into the run, I was fairly pleased with how it turned out. But I've still got a long way to go if I'm gonna hit my times on race day. Hope your weekend went well too!
... be great today!