Monday, April 25, 2011
Slow News Day
Today was a struggle. I didn't really feel like running this morning, and it was foggy to the point that I felt my usual morning route would be unsafe. However, a quick scan of weather.com revealed that this might be my best opportunity for a run this week (the forecast has since improved), so when I saw that school was closed, I headed over to the high school and ran my usual route.
I got 7 miles in 1:07, my usual pace for this distance but not up to par with what I've been putting up recently. Whatever. But worse was how my calves, feet, and quads hurt the whole way. I'm not sure if I hurt myself on the mud run, am sore from racing my 5K harder than I'd planned, or if I just need to either stretch more or take some time off.
The weather was a 180-degree change from Saturday, too. It was about 63, which is certainly not scorching, but much warmer than I'm used to and super, super humid. I got a little relief at mile 6 when it started raining, at which point it seemed to cool down considerably. I debated adding an 8th mile, but as I passed my car I decided that 7 miserable miles were enough.
Interestingly, there were big slugs all over the sidewalk for a good deal of my run. I wanted to get a picture of one, but I didn't want to stop. Since there were no slugs up near the school where I was parked, I posted a picture of this turtle, which I found in our yard several years ago, instead.