Okay, I would like my shoelaces back now. The weather wasn't a whole lot different than this past Saturday at noon. The temperature was about 80°; 72% humidity; and no wind to speak of. It was cloudy, but Lake Burke is shady, so that is also a tie. But, I'll tell you what: I would have kept jogging on stumps today. I did my composite 5K path, where I jog to the middle school, do a mile on the track, and then jog back home.
I started out decent with a 11:24 mile. Then I did a mile and a quarter on the track, instead of a mile. It's nice to do a little extra by accident! I did the track stuff at a 12 min/mile pace. I talked to a couple of high school athletes. They were sprinting for 100 meters, and then LOLing around the track (at my pace), and then sprinting again. I asked one guy how fast he was. He just shrugged his shoulders smiling. Next time I had a chance to talk to him, I offered to trade bodies. He politely declined. "C'mon - you get the car and everything!!" No dice.
Something in my left hamstring felt tight. I felt it a little bit last Wednesday at Holmes Run, but not on Saturday. Even if I didn't feel the hamstring, my legs are decidedly different feeling. It's like I "sit" more on the left leg. Anyhow, I picked up the pace a bit on the way home. I was very happy to see that I hit 5K in 35:55. It's not a PR of course, but I wasn't racing and the temperature and humidity really have their effect. In all, I did 3.5 miles in 40:40, (5.2 mph/11:36 min/mile average) with an average heart rate of 151. I sure did sweat a lot this time, and was inspired to get a sweat picture like I did in the old days (January, February):
Here are the stats and HR to round things out. It's good to be back in the saddle and I'm hoping my legs will give permission for a Wednesday run ... perhaps back at Holmes Run.