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Training — Swapping Days & Calves October 19, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Training.
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Distance: 4.21 miles
Time: 34:25
Pace: 8:10 mile

I swapped my running schedule around a bit this week. After last weekend’s LA Roadrunner’s 9 mile run, I was feeling some aches and pains, not to mention a bit tired. So instead of doing my recovery run yesterday, I took the day off and ran today.

I felt pretty good but my pace time is a bit fast. I think I may accidentally run the wrong route. However, I did feel pretty good, even in spite of the small aches and sore muscles. I never felt the need to walk, so mentally I was more engaged in the run than usual, and my legs responded well.

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As for the aches and pains, I’m feeling a tinge of tightness in my left lower calf. I must be honest: I haven’t been stretching my calves as well as I have the rest of my body and I think it finally caught up with me. The negligence was mainly an oversight: I’ve never really stretched my calves. I always thought a brief 10-second stretch was sufficient—and it was—but that was back when I wasn’t running 30 miles a week! So now, I know to add in some calf stretching and strength exercises.


Find my run log here.

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Comments»

1. knoh - October 19, 2009

What do you use to keep track of your time? Reading up on the info for the Nike 10K got me interested in the Nike+ chip thingy–they’re so good at marketing. I’m just curious what you use.

2. RJL - October 19, 2009

I just use a basic watch and a spreadsheet. Haven’t felt the need to upgrade just yet.

The Nike+ thing is pretty cool—Alice has it and likes it a lot. It’s nice that it integrates with your computer seamlessly and has it’s own software. You don’t need Nike shoes to use it, either. Top To Top has a pouch that you put on your shoe and I hear it works pretty well.


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