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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Legs of Lead

It's been awhile since I ran with the running group on a Tuesday. In fact, according to this here blog, it's been exactly a month. So, needless to say, my legs were not used to doing two hard runs so close together. Monday night run to Tuesday lunch run = lead legs.

We ran between 3.25 and 3.5 miles. I'm not sure of the exact distance since the Garmin decided it didn't want to pick up a signal right away. Silly Garmin. It's beautiful and sunny outside. What do you have to complain about?

The weather was beautiful. Almost perfect running weather. I'm so glad that my boss is cool about me going out and running at lunch. I get to take advantage of the sun instead of just staring at it out of my office window.

I was at the back of the pack for the entire run. Everyone else seemed to be running effortlessly but I was struggling. My form felt off and my legs felt heavy. However, as I told the other gal in today's group (for the brief time she was running next to me), it's good practice for running on tired legs toward the end of a race.

Strangely, my pace wasn't too far off from normal. It just felt really hard. Thankfully as we were walking back to the locker room one of the guys said today felt hard for him, too. It wasn't just me! Of course, he was still up at the front on the way back whereas I was way behind.

Regardless, I got out there and got in the miles and practiced running on my tired legs. Not every run can be awesome. But at least the weather certainly was!


Route:--Elev. Avg:590 ft
Location:Chicago / Northerly Island, ILElev. Gain:-3 ft
Date:03/16/10Up/Downhill: [+131/-134]
Time:12:24 PMDifficulty:1.8 / 5.0
Weather:Mostly Cloudy
 58 F temp; 23% humidity
 58 F heat index; winds NE 6

Distance: 3.16 miles
Speed:6.7 mph
Pace:9' 01 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 42-0' 196.9+0.2-10 ft
29' 23+0' 226.4-0.3-10 ft
39' 09+0' 086.5-0.1+10 ft
end8' 50-0' 116.8+0.1+3 ft
Versus average of 9' 01 min/mile

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Kelly said...

I'm so jealous you get to run on lake shore drive. That's by far my favorite drive in chicago, so pretty. However I've never run it. Maybe next time I'm home I will. I'll have to give you a shout out when I'm planning my next trip home! Maybe we can run together? If you don't mind running slow! :)

kilax said...

I would be tired after the awesome tempo you had Monday night too! I bet you will feel refreshed tomorrow. Are you running during lunch on Thursday? I was thinking about sneaking out...

Lacey said...

love your attitude and you are definitely right!!! i agree running on tired legs is good practice!! that's what i did today, too. track work yesterday evening and got up for 4 miles this morning. it was TOUGH. heavy legs for sure. i try not to push too hard but it is really nice to still get out and go a bit. good for you for back to back meet ups!! i know i would have a hard time meeting up with people if i knew i was going to be running on tired legs. guess i should let go of that "must impress" and "never show weakness" mentality. it's very ingrained in me (engrained?) from basketball.

Bayjb said...

Oh my gosh I bet the weather this week for your runs has been amazing! You're totally right, not ever run will be great but at least you are having good weather!

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