The last time I posted about running, it was actually about not being able to run due to a sinus infection and bronchitis. I ended up taking 11 days off because of the illness, but started feeling better on Wednesday.
Thursday – Track Workout
My return was last Thursday night at track with the JSRC. I was feeling decent (though with some definite fatigue), but then right when the workout started, the rain began to pour! Not exactly the best conditions when trying to come back from an upper respiratory illness. The workout was pretty simple, with:
- 3-mile easy warmup
- 6 x 100m stride outs
- 2 x 800m fresh (300m / 400m recovery)
- 2 x 400m good (200m / 400m recovery)
- 2 x 800m fresh (400m / 400m recovery)
- .4-mile cool down
My times were a little off from normal pace, but I think that was to be expected with the illness, the rain, and still being on Augmentin and Prednisone. I was happy with the consistency of my 800m splits, which were 3:07, 3:07, 3:07, & 3:07!
Friday – Shakeout Run
This was a super-easy 4ish mile shakeout run, in my Saucony Hattori shoes, through the streets of Bellevue. My legs felt surprisingly good after track the night before. Nice to get the kinks worked out on an easy run.
Saturday – Long Run
On Saturday Paxton and I drove across town to meet up with Dan, Dawn, Sally, Bob, Kelly, and Judy from our group for the Nashville Strider’s 20-miler on the Stones River Greenway.
I didn’t especially need a 20-mile run, but I knew it would be a comfortable pace, with good friends, and I do want to keep my mileage up since I’m pacing the Country Music Marathon again this year. This is also one of my favorite routes in Nashville, though it is very challenging with over 2,700 ft of cumulative elevation gain…
The temperatures at the start were in the mid 60s, which is a little higher than normal, with fairly high humidity. Thankfully the humidity burned off after an hour or so.
I felt pretty crummy during the first 5-miles, but then things started to settle down and I got into a nice, comfortable rhythm with the group. The hills in the last 3 miles were a bear, but I kept feeling pretty good until Paxton and I finished mile 19 after breaking off from the rest of the group a mile or so earlier.
By far the best thing about Saturday morning was seeing Paxton look really strong, especially at the end. It’s great to see him running so well again after taking a lot of time off last year.
This week we are in St Louis with the kids for Spring Break, so I’m hoping to get in a few good runs at Forest Park before heading home on Wednesday.