Who doesn't think of Whoopi and nuns when you think happy? Basically instead of hearing harps when something awesome happens, I see Whoopi, center square, Hollywood Squares style.
4 miles, 8:18 pace. Pain 2.5 out of 10 (day after pain 3/10)
I haven't had a straight up running post in quite a while. I just checked my Garmin software and the last run that I logged that wasn't a 'test' run was on 9/13. Wowza.
Overall the run went really well. I had some stiffness and some residual soreness but I think that some of that was just cobwebs from not running for 3+ weeks. Before I started I agreed to myself that I would just run at whatever pace felt good. I wasn’t going to look at my watch – just run. For me this is ALWAYS a bad idea. It is sort of like saying: “I’m just going to open this movie theatre size bag of Skittles and eat them until I am full. Never mind that I will be pooping rainbows for a week because I will plow through the entire bag.” When I don’t look at my watch I tend to run faster than I want. I would have liked to run around 8:45, but I must have had a lot of pent up energy from the 3 weeks off.
Now, that isn’t to say that I wouldn’t wear my watch and then pour over the details like a meth addict picks at a tear in the wallpaper. When I got back from my run I saw that I was fairly consistent in my pacing with the only two slowdowns at the turn around and a red light. However, as expected, I was a bit faster than I wanted. 8:20 ish pace isn’t knee busting fast, but I’ll still need to learn to reign it in a bit better.
Now, the run wasn't perfect. I had some soreness afterwards so I iced like an Eskimo and stretched like a double jointed gymnast. Hopefully the ice will keep the post run pain hangover at bay. If my knee feels good I'm going to go for a bit longer today. Maybe 6? If I can get out of work before prime time TV starts, I may even make it a bike/run combo workout.