Did a bit of a "fun run" today. I was supposed to do 8x1000m on the track, but I lost my spirit when the the LHS track was in use by a bunch of high school kids. Go figure. So I ran 2 miles at "brisk" pace in the grass field around the school. 6:30/mile pace on the grass. Then I took the shoes off and did 4x200m barefoot strides in the grass. Times were in the 33-34s range. It felt good to go barefoot again. Then I headed up toward USU's campus to try to hit their track, and surged up every hill I hit along the way for a bit of a hill fartlek. Once I got to the track (thankfully it was empty), I did 800m to calibrate the Polar RS800 I'm testing. Then I did a 3200m tempo in 10:40 (5:22, 5:18), which is my goal half marathon pace. It felt pretty solid, but I don't think I could have held it for 11 more miles...Ran down the hill back to my office to finish up. 13.5 miles total for the day, a good overall workout with a lot of variety.
Some Polar RS800 stats:
Ave HR: 149, Max HR 180 (during tempo); Ave HR during tempo: 172
Ave stride length: 4ft, 2in, ave stride length during tempo: 4ft 11in
Ave Cadence: 89, Max Cadence: 103 (during tempo); ave cadence during tempo: 98
It's evident to me that I can waste tremendous amount of time playing with this thing.
Still having some SI irritation. It often goes away by the end of the run, but I just need to keep stretching it, and the chiro will help too. Also, the ball of my foot (just underneath my big toe) has been hurting lately. I need to keep an eye on it, but I'm not sure what it is. It has been going on at very low levels for several weeks, or even months, but became more pronounced after the 10-mile race. Maybe it's time to ditch the orthotics...
(Adrenaline orange: 129 miles)