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Friday, October 22, 2010

Back to the Track

For the past 24 weeks (if I counted right) I've spent my Wednesday nights at the track. So where did I go this Wednesday night? Well, the track of course!

Except, with a twist. Track with the group is over (sadly) but I finally managed to do something I'd thought about all summer: run from my house to the track and then back home.

I wanted to get in 6 miles and I knew it was 3 miles from my house to the track if I followed the route I'd taken on my bike a few times. So I strapped on my reflective gear and left the headphones at home and headed out.

My goal was to do 6 miles at a 10:00 pace and I hit it directly on the head. Of course, that doesn't mean it was easy. Oh no. For some reason this run felt tough. My knee was fine but my legs felt like concrete and my breathing never did feel easy. Perhaps I overdid it a bit on Monday and Tuesday? Perhaps I didn't fuel right during the day (work has been a little crazy these past few days)? Who knows. Still I did my 6 miles at the pace I wanted and I got to see a few new streets as a result.

On Thursday I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the stepmill followed by 30 minutes of strength training and ab work. Oh, I also raked leaves. Let's just say my obliques haven't quite forgiven me.

And what about my knee? The doctor wrote me a prescription for physical therapy if I want to go. She thinks my meniscus might be slightly inflamed and said we can do an MRI if the PT doesn't make it better. So far, though, it's behaving itself so we'll see.


Route:--Elev. Avg:627 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:10/20/10Up/Downhill: [+75/-75]
Time:05:40 PMDifficulty:2.1 / 5.0

Distance: 6.00 miles
Speed:6.0 mph
Pace:10' 01 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 51-0' 106.1+0.1+6 ft
29' 52-0' 096.1+0.1+13 ft
39' 53-0' 086.1+0.1-13 ft
410' 09+0' 085.9-0.1+3 ft
511' 17+1' 165.3-0.7-7 ft
69' 57-0' 046.0+0.0-3 ft
end********** ft
Versus average of 10' 01 min/mile
** Insufficient data to calculate this split

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Anne said...

Sounds like things are going well :) ...glad the knee is behaving!

kilax said...

Your body probably is just reacting to pilates and the cross training, like you said today. I bet in a few weeks you will get used to your new routine... ugh, just in time to go to SF? :)

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Sounds like a great run. I love running or walking to some place just to turn around and go back. Breaks up the routine. Glad to hear your knee is cooperating, I hope physical therapy helps!

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