Tonight I planned to take a week off from the track and do a 6 mile tempo run. I wanted to do a workout that incorporated a sustained effort, but wouldn’t beat me up the way the track seems to, since I have a 10K race on Saturday. And I did run 6 miles tonight, but I’m not sure it could necessarily be considered a tempo run. Miles 2-5 were faster, but that was the only way my run resembled a tempo.
First of all I had to stop between every. single. mile. to stretch my Achilles and lower calves. I am still having a lot of problems with tightness and my Achilles feeling like they are on fire while I run. My right Achilles actually got so tight during mile 5 that my right foot went numb. I stretched a bunch after my run and foam rolled when I got home.
I also failed to restart my watch after stopping at mile 1 to stretch, so I did not get an actual split on mile 2 (my first “faster” mile), which bothered me. I thought I started my watch as I set off on mile 2, but I didn’t. I noticed about 0.35 miles in, so I just added about 3:10 onto the first split.
On top of that, the bugs tonight were horrendous. The trail I ran on follows the creek most of the way, and the amount of bugs were just out of control. I swallowed a bunch and had parts of my run where I could only look at the ground because the bugs were so heavy.
My splits were 9:22/9:43/9:17/9:16 for miles 2-5. These times are supposed to be a medium-hard effort for me, but tonight they felt nearly impossible. It was 88 degrees and humid outside, so I’m sure that had something to do with it, but I’m not making excuses. I just didn’t run the way I’m capable of running this evening.
Lastly, I randomly threw up during my cool down mile. I have no idea why, I never felt nauseous or anything. I was just running along and all of a sudden all of the water in my stomach made a reappearance. Luckily there was no one around to witness.
On a happier note, I ran with my iPod shuffle this evening and I did at least enjoy the company of music. Also, the cows are back! Our backyard backs up to a farm that raises beef cattle and during the spring, summer, and early fall the cows are in the fields adjacent to our backyard.
|I used the x-large size so you could see a little better
Anyone ever had issues with their Achilles? Any suggestions or advice??
Do you run/exercise with music?