Today’s run (street): 5.4 miles
Between tapering and running just 3.1 miles on race day, I usually come up well short of my weekly average when I run a 5K. That was the case this week where my total miles barely cracked the teens. Despite the lower volume, I can say confidently that both runs this weekend were high quality efforts.
I usually rest the day after a race, not because it’s a good practice, but because most races are on Sundays and my rest day is Monday. For Saturday races, I usually try to get out for a recovery run because I read once that an easy workout that follows a hard effort effectively forces out lactic acid that can cause leg soreness.
My lower output this week prompted me to target at least 5 miles today. The last couple of times when I followed a race with an LSD run, I found myself struggling after 30 minutes despite going slow and easy. I realized last time that running a little harder actually felt better.
I had that in mind when I went out this morning, taking the first mile at around a 9:00 pace before settling into a mid-9 pace for the duration of the run. I chose the hilliest streets in the neighborhood to get my heart rate going. After a race, almost any effort below race pace feels easy and that was the case today. I could have gone another few miles but I didn’t want to overdo it. Besides, we are celebrating my son’s birthday today and I needed to get home to shower before we all went out.
I look forward to tomorrow’s rest day but I’m eager to start training for two 10K’s in November. I have always run my best 10K times at these races and that’s probably due to the cooler weather and relatively flat courses. Still, I’m planning to maintain my hill training because that seems to make me a better runner, regardless of the elevation.