After setting some rules yesterday – and rules that will be kept (thanks for all the comments – very amusing. Hopefully something of the list will be used, at least as a guide. Not sure i’ll win on all fronts, though. Maybe if JB continues to talk to me, i’ll consider it a victory of sorts!), today was a return to work and a planned 5 miler afterwards.
After the weekend, my lower legs feel quite tired, so i’m looking forward to a reduction in effort over the next week and a half, but today was especially bad for some reason which almost made the meeting I got dragged into late on in the afternoon a blessing if it went on for some time and I could justifiably sack off the run. Only it didn’t. It went on a bit late, but I decided i’d get changed and run until 6 o’clock or thereabouts.
So I left site, ran the usual first 1.5 miles, took a new loop out towards The Cock, ran along the top road , turned for home, turned back toward The Cock to add another half mile loop, then headed for site the direct way. Considering it was a mixture of loops I hadn’t done before, on legs that felt tired and sore initially, then sore and achy, it went well. 4.3 miles, back at 1 minute to 6.
Now both ankles feel knackered as well as my legs, but it’s ok I think. I wore my New Balance race trainers from here to see if I think they’re the ones to race in, and yes they seem to be. The pace was reasonably good despite the hurting and protective style I adopted, the shoes feel great, so i’ll give them a pop. They felt good for the Stelling Minnis 10k, so why not? One pair of my Asics Gel Cumulus 10’s I got just before Christmas are now almost completely shot, the “fresh” pair I was saving for races are similarly on their way out after being used for long runs to give the other pair a rest, so I think they’re the best bet before I buy a new couple of pairs to run in (and out, i’m sure) for London next year.
So, a fair run. A girlfriend who talks to me and might run RPH if she’s in the right mood on the day (getting up after a day at college is the stumbling block. The excitement of a good race followed by a justified pizza with Hauling My Carcass and Eatingtrees might help, instead of an unjustified one. We’ll see) is nice. Sore legs but a chance for them to recover is good. My desire for sleep is bad, but about to win.