= Tired Legs
The yoga felt so good though on Friday night when I was holding poses I haven’t in at least 3 years. You know, the shake in the standing leg as you pull your other leg behind your head, look in the mirror, and proclaim, “yeah, I still got this.”
The joke was totally on me though. Saturday morning after a bright and early wake-up call, I headed to New Port Richey to meet Jena and the Suncoast Striders at Starkey Park for a 10 mile run. A mere 2.5 miles in, I looked at Jena and said, “damn my legs feel heavy.” I haven’t really felt anything like it before on a training run. It was kind of hard to tell what was going on though because I couldn’t really feel my legs. I dressed for 80 degree beach running weather, and it was still a nippy 50 degrees out (yeah, yeah, yeah, all you Northerners shut it.)
I had plenty of time to examine what could be causing such difficulties though, because we had a long 7.5 miles left to go.
The alleged culprit — Friday night’s yoga class.
Not even 12 hours earlier I was contorting like a pretzel thinking how good it felt to bend in the most unnatural of ways. The clue to my next day’s misery should have been when the instructor commented to me after class how stiff she felt. Hm… isn’t yoga supposed to loosen you up?
At least it was a beautiful morning, with the sun rising through the thick oak trees at Starkey Park.
We got through the 10 miles at a 9:14 pace, which is decent, but it definitely didn’t feel like a solid run. I should also confess on the second half of the run I made Jena stop with me just about every mile so I could stretch. Thanks for being a trooper Jena.
What worries me a bit is that I have a 15k on Saturday in which I would like to have a good race. Here is how I’m breaking things down for this 15k.
A great race = 8:45 pace
A good race = 9:00 pace
A decent race = 9:15 pace
A screw-this-I’m-going-back-to-swimming race = 9:30 pace
(just kidding… maybe)
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not as fast as a runner as I think I am. Or maybe I just can’t, don’t know how, or refuse to push myself, to hold a consistent, decently fast (for me anyways) speed on a race longer than a 5k. Maybe I just need to learn how to really train for road races actually incorporating speed and tempo work into my workouts. Oh well, the Gasparilla 15k is a week away, so there isn’t much I can change at this point.
I’m hoping to come in my “good race” category which means I’ll average 9 minute miles. Do you think this is possible? Do you race much faster than your training runs? Can I shave 15 seconds off per mile?
Here are the stats from some recent runs.
Should I lower my expectations for my race pace? Is 9 minute miles attainable?
Whether I’m ready for a great, good, or decent run, I’m looking forward to Gasparilla this weekend.
Hope your weekend is going well. It feels so nice to have a 3 days off! Are you doing anything fun?