While yesterday's run was shorter than last week's long run, it wasn't exactly short, and it wasn't exactly easy. While 8 miles isn't super long, framing it in your mind as "short" only seems to set you up for being tired by the 20 minute mark. As we finished the first 3 of 5 miles going uphill (yes, that's right, 5 miles up, 3 miles down), Suz and I discussed how we think about runs like this. She had thought of it as a short run and as already feeling like it should be over (whereas if we had been running 13, she would have felt just fine). I had decided that 8 miles wasn't short. While I wasn't necessarily looking forward to climbing for another 2 miles, I wasn't feeling too bad at that point. Same route, same run, different thoughts.
That being said - it was still a hard run. It isn't easy to climb for 5 miles and then go down the steep way on tired legs. The start of the recovery week, but not necessarily an easy run. I was tired by the end and ready to be done. My legs definitely felt the hills.
But - yes but - today I actually feel good! Often the last thing I want to do on a Monday is run (which is why I generally don't run on Mondays) - my legs usually feel heavy and I just want a break. But today? Yes, I'm tired and feel like I should go to bed early every day this week, but I also feel like I could run. Even after the last couple of weeks of some higher mileage (and some pretty successful tempo runs), although tight, my legs feel pretty good.
While I don't plan on running today, it is nice to feel like the recovery week is actually going to do its job. The real question though - do I feel great because of the shorter run or because of my new shoes?
|yes, i added a bit of brightness - but they're almost that bright|