Sunday, January 13, 2008
Should I go or should I stay?
Title of the song made famous by the Clash and pretty much summed up how I was feeling about today's workout.
Got up early and had a couple of blueberry scones with jam and washed them down with some coffee. Swallowed down a handful of vitamins, supplements and the daily 80 mg of aspirin with a large glass of juice and started to think about what I was going to do. It looked a little windy so I decided on another cup of coffee and read a little bit out of the latest issue of Mental_floss. Still debating on what today's workout would look like. The schedule called for an hour long run focusing on technique. Maybe I will drive into town and run the town trails for something different to do? That sounds like a plan, but I should check my e-mail first. Finished that, but I really need to see if there is anything new on iTunes. Checked out the new album by Lifehouse and decided that I should buy it. Okay, okay, you get the idea I was really procrastinating this morning.
Finally, at shortly after 10:00 a.m., I decided to head out the door and see where the wind took me. The first mile was a little tough as the old Achilles was trying to convince me to turn tail and go home. Got through that and then I decided I would head north on highway 40 to do some hill work. Normally during the week I would not go on this road as it is crazy busy with traffic going to and from the oil patch. This morning traffic looks light and I know I will get in a good hill work out if I go this direction. The Achilles had settled down and I just put the head down and started climbing. The sun was coming up and it was actually getting quite warm. I was also feeling pretty smart because I could definitely feel that the wind was behind me and pushing me up the hill. After climbing for 3.5 miles I took a side logging road and went down a ways but found it too slippery so I headed back down the hill. The descent was nice even though the wind was in my face. Gravity is a wonderful thing! After a few more little side trips I was on the last stretch home and passed my naybours that you can kind of make out in this picture.
Ended up with 10.5 miles in 1:16:29, average pace of 7:17 / mile and heart rate of 137 bpm.
This week's schedule calls for fewer hours, around 8 1/2 but there are some higher intensity workouts included.
Have a great day!