For most of last week, I was dreading Saturday. Saturday is long run day, which in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but long run day combined with the fact that Chris, my long run buddy, was out of town made Saturday seem somewhat ominous. In addition to being lonely, a solo long run meant that I would stick with familiar turf for safety reasons, so I was afraid that my run was going to be mind numbingly boring too. Well, until I had this brilliant idea.
I downloaded a book on tape for my run.
Does anyone else do this? If so, why have you not passed this great idea on to me?
My book of choice was The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I have been meaning to read it for a long time, but life has happened without much sitting down for a good read. As I ran through the first few chapters, the irony of it struck me.
You see, I spent the better part of two hours and forty-eight minutes running past the remnants of last year’s corn. Or, in some cases, soybeans where they were up in the rotation.
(I tried very hard here to capture just how flat the land is. Only 183 feet of elevation gain over 18 miles. This picture looks to me like it was soybeans last fall and, believe it or not, it was taken in the “hilly” part of my county.)
As I ran, heard about corn, looked at the corn, and reflected on my economics classes this book got me thinking. I’m not ready to pass judgement on it as a whole yet since I have only heard the first few chapters, but I will say that it is thought provoking and will result in hours of discussion with Chris if I can get him to give it a listen too.
I’m looking forward to this week’s runs so I can listen to a few more chapters.
- Sunday: rest
- Monday: 5 miles @ 8:49
- Tuesday: 6 miles @ 8:39 – 1 mile w/u, 4 miles @ 8:13, 1 mile c/d
My plan was to do mile repeats, but instead I did a lactate threshold test. I think I messed up the test because I didn’t feel quite bad enough at the end, but it was interesting to do nonetheless. I should try it again at a bit faster pace, the problem is convincing myself to do so. It sounds downright awful.
I did a warm-up followed by 30 minutes at as fast as I thought I could stand it, then a cooldown. I wore my HRM during the test to find my average HR during the last 20 minutes of the 30 minute time trial. Next I used this calculator to determine my HR zones.
I think this data will be especially useful when I do cross training on the bike trainer. Bikes are out of my comfort zone, so I never have a good understanding of what each type of bike ride should feel like.
- Wednesday: easy ride on bike trainer ~ 15 miles
- Thursday: New Rules Workout 4B2, 4 miles @ 9:13
- Friday: rest
- Saturday: 18 miles @ 9:22
This long run had a lot of positives to it. I went a lot faster than I did last weekend in the wind, but did not feel like I was putting in significantly more effort. I also discovered the ultimate long-run entertainment – a book on tape. How did this never occur to me before?
Unfortunately, the run had a fair amount of negatives too. For one, my right foot/ankle hurt more than it should during/after the long run. I have been RICE-ing the spot just below/behind my outside ankle bone on my right foot ever since my run. My best guess on this is peroneal tendinopathy, so I have been doing some extra stretching to see if I can get it to improve. (I know, see a doctor not Dr. Internet.)
Also disappointing, I think I need to abandon my beloved Vanilla Bean GU. It isn’t sitting well when I run. I need to come up with another option because I definitely hit the wall if I don’t eat some GU or something during my long run.
Weekly Total: 33
March Total: 83.1
2011 Total: 288.22
Miles on Shoes: 239.22
Miles on New Shoes: 18 (I decided to wear a newer pair of shoes for my long runs and race only so they will have a bit more cushioning as the shoes I had been wearing are nearing the end of their typical life.)