MsE, I can picture your path from all those great descriptive cues. The first two are likely because you were still "warming up" but at speed. Did you run under a lot of tree cover? If so, that can screw with the measurement of your miles, making some seem longer (slower) that others. Did you ask the dog yet? BTW, that dog deserves some serious treats and maybe even an ice bath (aka dip in the lake or river) after that effort!
Lorenzo, congrats on the green light for Comrades. You and Poacher will kill it!
Gul, nice tempo work and hope you get some sleep for the weekend LR.
Birch, happy Bday! Hope I look so good at 60!
SJ, good luck for the race (I'm with GM in not knowing what it is)! Hope the wine is out of the system before the start.
GM, heal well and enjoy the weekend w/your son. You roll w/the punches well.
This has been a cutback week for me. 36 easy miles so far. Biggest mileage month ever for me at 250. Scary start to the week as my right knee felt like the ITB blew up but luckily was fine the next day. But my right hip has been tight all week. Not the TFL this time, but something nearby to it. Not much trouble on the runs but feel it throughout the day. Need to find some good stretches. A little concerned for the race Monday, but will do a few easy miles tomorrow and take Sunday off. Should be good to go (knock wood).
DD, hope you are right. Nice back-to-back BTW. I bet your legs were a bit tired on a fast finish 20 the day after a race! Good effort and those are nice miles in the bank. Get a bit of rest before hammering the next one...
Tricia, glad to hear you've rebounded. Much luck as you narrow in on the target race.
Did 20M P&D style today. 1st half in the 8:20-30 range...second half right around 7:40...came out as 8:08 and HR 70%. Felt awesome until the last 3 miles. Kind of like last week, but not a bad. Ready for my cutback week. So far I've been doing 2 weeks on, 1 cutback, repeat. Last time round went 3 (or more) weeks before cutting back. Thinking maybe more frequent rest is a better strategy for me.
Gul, respect for the mega LR on little to no sleep! Hope you are resting well today.
Birch, how many 20s have you banked away now? I'm impressed. Miles of trials and all that.
Mennania, hope your restart goes well.
OO, some nice locations for running. Am jealous. You too SJ...and congrats on the highlight. I guess you are officially famous now.
Fishy1, nice speed set and hope the time outside is good today.
Joolska, no, that run never is easy. Nice job bagging it with good splits. Plenty of time to drop those 5 s/m.
Leslie, you are just about ready again!
Today rounded out a 63M week w/20 P&D style...about 8:20ish first half and 7:40 second. Legs great until mile 18, then the hard stuff from the week spoke up. But overall not too bad. After a couple of cool weather weeks, it was hot today. More of that in store. Cut back/taper ahead this week and race next Monday.
Chick, the other thing you can do is to squat down on your heels, then slowly lean forward so all your weight shifts onto the front of one of your feet. Then you can push so that you are on each part of the front of your foot (think working the little toe area, then the middle toes, then the big toe). That should really stretch out the calves (in addition to standard wall stretching w/leg straight or bent). This one stretch has kept my previously gnarled up calves very loose and happy fellas.
Too bad you can't try the shoes. The other benefit I just noticed is how fresh my legs feel today. Normally I'd be walking a bit like an old man after a subLT session, but today feel pretty normal. I'm tempted to get a more complete version of their shoes for my nonfast running days. But might beg for an injury to go fully over at this point. Will just stick to the Nimbus for all other runs (but they feel so heavy and brick-like now!).