I felt lousy this morning. There was a thunderstorm last night and the dogs woke me up at 1:30 am whining. I let them out and then realized they were whining because of the thunderstorm. Grrrrrr. I let them in and went back to sleep but I woke up feeling like I'd been hit by a truck. Add to that a bit of a sore throat on the right side and a stuffy right ear, and it wasn't looking good. Then I noticed that my right shin was the tiniest bit sore. I think it's from the PT exercises I did yesterday, and not from the racewalking. Finally, I checked facebook and saw that my friend Nyle had a killer 7x1km workout, and though I was very happy for her, of course I started to compare myself (DOH! should not do that! She's been able to train and I haven't!) and felt discouraged. Oh well, nothing to do about it except get out and do the best workout I could.
The weather was perfect - 54F (12C) and calm and sunny. I love summer here! I did a slow warm-up, thinking I might have to quit because of my shin. However, it felt better as I warmed up, and I knew it would be OK. I did 1.71km in 11:04 for 6:27/km, including a couple pick-ups at the end. Then I did a few dynamic flexibility drills to loosen up. Everything is still a bit sore from getting back into longer miles; my hamstrings and glutes are tight/sore, and so are my abductors.
I got started and enjoyed the fast slight downhill, doing a very fast 1km (for me) in 5:23 (2:38, 2:45). I followed that up with a 3:00 recovery (fast!) and worried that I had gone out too fast. But I managed pretty well for most of the rest of the workout, doing 2:48/3:09, 2:52/3:04, 2:47/3:20 (uphill recovery, and I was trashed by this point), and finally a 2:49 to finish in 29:14 (ave HR 164, ave pace 5:51/km)!!! That was a new PR for me for this workout by 9 seconds. Not bad after a month's layoff. I'd be really thrilled except that I keep comparing myself to others...sigh...must really stop that and focus on getting my own PR and just having fun and doing the best that I can. I feel fortunate to be training again; my friend Katie Grimes is suffering from really bad IT band problems and I hope it doesn't keep her from racing next month.
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My foot felt fine today; my shin is perhaps a tiny bit sore but I think it's going to be fine. I've cooled down a bit and it's not hurting, so hopefully it will be all right.