I re-laced my new running shoes in preparation for today’s run. I’ve been spending a little too much time baby-ing my left shin. It took a while to get things just right. First, the metatarsal pads where too far back. Next, the left insole felt tilted off to the left. Finally, the laces were tighter in one shoe than the other. I hate having to work to get things just right, but my feet demand the obsessive behavior – so I comply.
I didn’t check my training calendar. I was going by memory. If my memory served me correctly, today’s run was the faster of the weekday runs. I was to run 5 miles at 8:30-8:45/mile pace.
During the run, I pushed to maintain the required pace when I was running into the headwind. With the wind at my back, the run seemed easy; I had to consciously back off to avoid running too fast. I was worn ragged by the time I hit mile 5.
I wondered if the soreness was more because of the wind or because of the circuit training class that I tried out yesterday. I am sure that neither helped me today, but both will be beneficial if I stick with it.
Back at the office, I logged my run and, later, looked ahead to verify the distance and pace for tomorrow’s run. Coach noted a 4 mile run at 8:15-8:30/mile pace. I was a little puzzled by this, as I remember only having one run that was at a quicker pace. As a rule, my quicker day is usually on Wednesdays. But this week was different because of Quicksilver. I clicked into the details for today’s 5 mile run to find that I ran too fast. Oopsie daisy.