Some days you head out to run and things just click.
Some days you head out and it is just a normal run.
Other days are like yesterday…
TJ, RS and I decided to try out the 5K course of the CityFest 5K that is happening a week from Saturday. Being a new course to us and an area we hadn’t run before, it was exciting to see how to run this race. Now understand it was nearing 90, but this was a rough 5K. Almost every 5K I have ever run starts with a downhill in the beginning, not this one. It has a slight upgrade for about half a mile and then the hills start. I’m thinking about 2 miles of up and down hills and not necessarily small hills either. TJ remarked that this course is not a course to set a PR on. I guess I’ll keep to my original plan to just go out and have fun. I know though that the competitiveness in me will come through and I’ll want to do well. We will see. There is a masters award given (40+), I’d like to win that. My thought is that those who aren’t expecting this course won’t be able to keep a good pace. I just have to figure out a strategy and then run the plan.
After the course, RS went home as he didn’t drink enough water for the heat. I don’t think I did either. I thought I had 96 ounces of water, but it might have been 64. Anyway, TJ and I decided to run a trail that goes down to a park. Not a good idea. After the hills and a gravel trail for a mile, I was shot. At the end of the trail we had a choice to make. One was to go back via the trail and the other was to run up a rather large hill with traffic and very little shoulder (actually no shoulder, just lumpy grass). We went for the hill as I couldn’t face the trail.
After the hill we just ran the neighborhood home. Not bad, but at the top of the big hill my heal / achilles / something started hurting. I was all taped up, but I found out after I got home that the tape didn’t hold for some reason. So I concentrated on relaxing my foot and not pushing off but using gravity and actually had a good run at the end. I was glad to stop and go soak my foot in ice water and drink Gatorade. TJ went on for another 5 miles. I had nothing left. The hill/trail/hill run took everything out of me.
All in all it was a hard, but good workout. I realized that during the summer I won’t be pushing speed as much as distance (except for speed workouts).
It seems summer is finally arriving a month or two late.