I woke up at 5 am this morning. Tami said I had fallen out of bed, but I don't believe her. Next thing I know it's 7 am, and there is no going back to sleep. So, I get up and head down the stairs. My right lower leg feels funky, somewhere above the ankle, but only when there is weight on it. I can stretch it twelve ways from Sunday and it doesn't hurt. I can poke and prod, and can't find anything sore. It's hard to pin down where it is. My plan is to work through it.
I checked the weather on the computer, and it looks like there is a break in the rain. It was only sprinkling and it was 53°. I suited up, grabbed a windbreaker, and drove to a nearby middle school to use the track. Below is a snapshot from Google Earth:
This is an asphalt track, and it is in very good condition. Even though there was a light rain or heavy mist, there were a few folks out there. They were wearing jackets, but I left mine in the car. I knew that after a couple of laps I would be warmed up. There were a few dozen mean ducks (called geese) along the inside of the track, but the honking didn't bother me. I clocked the first lap in 2:48, and I felt good. The wind was 15-20 mph, and my hat nearly came off a couple of times. My glasses were pretty fogged up by the third lap, but I could still see the watch for split times. Here are all the details:
The pace column is just the split time times four. In the last row, I didn't quite make it all the way around, but I did pick up the pace. My default geek character really loves all the data to be had in a track workout! In all, I did 2.45 miles in 30 minutes which is 4.9 mph and a pace of 12:14. And of course, I hadn't done a mile in less than twelve minutes since the Air Force. (Actually, prior to the C25K program I hadn't run a mile since the Air Force back in 1988!)
I was going to just hit the treadmill this morning, but I'm glad I didn't. First, I'm still a bit chicken. And, on occassion, it's nice to think I'm not a complete wimp when it comes to weather. I came home to a nice breakfast, and I've got the whole day ahead of me. This includes a haircut and a massage - yep, I got the membership! I'll let you know how the leg is doing, and I'll talk to my fitness advisor about it on Monday.