I spent several quality hours running 18 miles in the Redmond Watershed on Sunday. I got off to a rocky start, feeling cruddy in the morning (not enough sleep), and setting out under a steady rain. Things got better though. I settled into a good, slow pace and produced some workmanlike miles. Just what I needed!
Then Kris talked me into trying out a coached swim workout for triathletes. Monday at 7 am found me slipping tentatively into the water for the first session. It wasn’t pretty, but I made a little progress, and built some more confidence. It’s a three week commitment, so we’ll see how things go.
I may have erred by following the swim workout with a circuit weight workout. I will do 30 second sets at each station, with 30 seconds rest in between, three times around. Ho – was I in for a surprise when I did the first set of benches! I almost got the dumbbell back in the face I was so unsteady due to the fatigue in my arms. I muddled through it, but it was not one of my better efforts in the weightroom.
Today I went out for what I intended as a recovery run with Dave, Rob, and a new running friend John (who brought his monster lungs and hemoglobin from Colorado). Well – we started out reasonably enough, but pounded up the hill on 28th from 172nd and it got better from there. We kept a nice steady pace over the Tam O Shanter trail, and up the hill on 173rd. But I pushed hard up the hill on the Ardmore trail, and then sprinted in on the last little bit on 28th. I think that may have been the fastest I’ve run that 5.75 mile loop, and I felt good the whole way. I don’t know whether it’s the stretching I’m doing, or some cyclic magic, but I wish I could bottle it!
Tomorrow morning is a longer swim workout, and then a short, easy run. I’ll do weights if I can too.