This unseasonable weather – is AWESOME!!!! Normally I am unable to run whenever we get “perfect running weather” – so I am enjoying it even more! All those days this year where the sun was shining, are being made up for – NOW! And I love it. Last night the timing was going to be tight – Our kids had “Family Dodge Ball Night” (Horace Mann does some of the absolute coolest things for their kids,) and it was Voting Day, so I couldnt’ do a nice leisurely long run in the 68 degree (IN NOVEMBER!!!!) temperatures. I decided that the “run for the ride” was the way to go – so I headed out toward my wife’s work.
When I “Run for the ride” – I need to get to my wife’s workplace, before she gets out of work. Other wise I need to run home as well – a situation that would be unacceptable with our tight timing last night. It’s an incentive to make it a quick run. I kept up a decent pace, even though my cardio trainer stopped as I headed across the Route 201 Bridge. The good news is that I lost it because my wife called – so I no longer had to worry about not getting there in time, but my CardioTrainer never picked back up. Regardless – it was a great run!
I have been noticing a bit of shin-splint-like pain after my runs, but it isn’t bothering me WHILE I run. I have been stretching my calves after each run, and massage that area during the day. (If my wife is reading this – I am sure THE STICK would help with my shin splints.. Just saying.) My legs are tired, but not “in pain.” So I feel like my current training methods are fairly sound. In another few weeks I will be looking at my overall schedule and begin to add some speed work into it.
100 Up Exercise Progress:
Due to last night’s time crunch I did not perform the 100 up exercise directly before my run. However, as I ran – I did continue to focus on my form. I actually tried lifting my knees more – in an exaggerated “perfect form.” Strangely it felt faster. I suspect I was moving my legs faster in response to lifting it higher and pumping my arms more. I will try this again, and let you know what I find.
This morning I did 100 of the Minor. I am unsure of when to add the Major, or if I switch to the Major. Should I perform the Minor until I no longer feel the muscles “working”? The problem with trying a new exercise based off of a brief quote in an article – is all the unanswered questions.