Monday, March 22, 2010

Beach Running Without Socks

Saturday was a perfect day for running.   It was a perfect day for anything outdoors for that matter.  There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the morning temps were in the 60s and the high hit 80.  I did my run almost as soon as we got to the beach to get it out of the way and also because it was still cool.

We were at New Smyrna Beach by the way.  Did I mention that I forgot my socks.  I brought extra everything except socks.  Well, so much for the perfect day.

I wanted to run from our parking spot up the beach to Ponce Inlet Jetty and back for a warmup.  Then, I planned to run down a mile or so and back.  I already started getting a blister on the way up to the jetty, which was less than a mile.  I probably should have just run bairfoot.  Hindsight is always 20/20 as they say.

I least I got a little mileage in for the day.

The next day, I ran 5 miles around the neighborhood.  The blister is already starting to harden into a callus, so that's a plus and didn't really affect my run.

I started out with a warmup 2 miles in 22:22.  Crazy, right?  I then did a quick hamstring and quad stretch and off I went.  Not so fast.  My first step at a faster pace has me feeling like my left knee is going to buckle.  I have to go back to my slow warmup speed for the first quarter mile before I can start to pickup the pace and broaden my stride.  I ended up running around 9 minutes for the first mile.  Both the second and third miles were run in 8 minutes each.  I felt good about that.  I need to bring that down on race day, which now only a week away.  I ran the 3 miles in 25 minutes even.

I have tonight as a rest day.  If the weather holds up, tomorrow brings the speedwork.

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