Thursday Night Group Run
We didn't have a big turnout. Holidays and cold I presume, but there was enough to get a good workout. I got to the track a few minutes early, but not early enough to get a mile in before 6 when practice starts. It's my fault, because I started driving to our Tuesday practice spot. Stupid me.
So I did a mile warmup jog with the group. We stretched and I had to retie my shoes, so I only 2 x 100 striders instead of the usual 4x. Since our workout was doing 300's, Murph gave me a nice suggestion before we got started, "Doug, take it easy and try not to pull your hamstring this time."
Thanks, Mike. Good idea.
The Speed: 3 sets of 4 reps. Each rep is 300 at mile pace. 100 recovery and 3 minute rests between sets.
I kept up with the group and even finished in the middle of the pack through the first set. We were running in the 1:01 to 1:05 range. My best mile time was 6:07, so that's a 1:08. That average of 1:03 is a 5:37 mile. That's well ahead of my time. It may not seem like much of a difference, but it takes its toll on your legs and lungs.
I stayed with the group for the first 2 reps of the 2nd set and then I started laboring. I fell behind and started the 3rd and 4th reps after the group. I took my 3 minute rest like everyone else, so I actually started the last set as Murph was finishing his first rep. I didn't have a watch, so I figured that had to be around a minute. I started cramping in my right side half way through the 1st rep. I ran behind on the 2nd rep and just hunched over trying to catch my breath. I took my time getting back to the line and ran that one with the group as it was their 4th and final rep. I hunched over again in pain from the cramp and walked back to the start instead of jogging. I could have quit and rested with the group, but I wanted to know that I finished the workout. It was on my time, but I finished. I ran that last one hard and it felt like I did around 5:05. That hurt, but more in my lungs and legs this time.
By the time I got around the track, the rest of the guys were starting their cooldown. I just hopped right in and went with them. I was tired, so I cut the route short with Joel since he said his calves were all knotted up. Worked for me. I wanted to start stretching and get out of the cold anyway.
So Christmas Eve is here and I wanted to get a jump on my New Year's Resolution. I thought I could have been there already, but it is taking longer and will take more devotion including a change in my nutrition to reach my goal. Break 20:00 in a 5k.
I planned on running 5 miles this afternoon while it was warm. Less than 24 hours after finishing a speed workout probably wasn't a great idea, but I was determined. Determined to put my body through more pain.
I jogged 2.5 miles. My right calf hurt from about a mile. As I continued, the pain spread down my tendon and into the arch of my foot. A little further and the pain started going up my leg from my inner thigh by my knee up and across to my posterior hip and into my buttocks. I think the thigh pain was my Sartorius (part of the quadriceps group). My workout was done and I never ran faster than a warmup pace.
Shortly after finishing, there was no pain in either leg, so running easy was a good idea this day. Never would have thought it by the pain in my leg during the run, though.