On track versus road
I wonder why the track is so much faster than the road. Is it the surface? Is it the consistency of running in circles? Is the GPS inaccurate on the track? Is it being used to it (since I have been consistently going to the track for weeks now)? For me, running on the track is like running on a slight downhill; it does not feel like a downhill on my body (e.g., my quads are not overworking), but the effort is less than on the road.
On treadmill versus road/track
The TM is much harder for me, mentally and physically. I believe this is a function of not being used to it. I remember running consistently on the TM in college, and then trying to run outside and OMG, so hard. Now it is the opposite. My easy pace (per effort and HR) on the TM is slower by 10-20secs than on the road. Also, my hip flexors get sore after a TM run, while when I run on the road my hamstrings seem to be doing more work. I wonder how much this is an issue of economy and efficiency. It is easier for me to run on the road even in the wind than on the TM bc my body is more economical/efficient on it, due to lots of practice.
On varying surfaces
Right now I am experimenting with running on a variety of surfaces, with a variety of shoes (thank you Brooks!). I run on track (once), on the TM (once), on the elliptical (once), on trails (3 times), and on the road (the rest of the time). I never run in the same pair of shoes twice in a week. Will see if this makes a difference in terms of injury.
On flu versus cold
I have been sick for 2 weeks now. Two weeks ago I got a flu shot, and then the next day I started to feel shitty. No, I did not get the flu from the flu shot, just had the bug in me before getting the shot. The shot probably helped me have a shorter, less symptomatic flu. I had fever for 3 days, and was so tired and weak that I would come back from work, sleep for 2 hours, get up for one hour and then sleep some more. I tried to run and my HR went up to 223. I abandoned a workout. I felt better toward the end of the week and had no issues while racing last Saturday. Then I caught a who knows what cold bug from Chris: sore throat, congestion, headache, chills. I did an easier fartlek run on Monday rather than a track workout. I was surprised that my HR was good and I felt fine running. On Wednesday I attempted a much harder workout (thanks PPC) and my HR was really good. I don't have the weakness and fatigue of the flu, and running actually helps with the congestion. Interesting to me:)
It is very interesting to me that people stay away from talking politics on social media. Why? People talk about other "sensitive" topics like religion on social media and blogs all the time. Is it because of concerns about loss of followers, judgements? I grew up during communism and free speech was not a right that we had. Don't take the right to speak your mind lightly! It is a privilege.
On my next 5K
In 1.5 weeks. My last one. Whatever happens, happens. I might not be able to run a sub 19, even though my training clearly points into that direction. I want the sub 19 but in that last mile of a 5K maybe I don't want it enough. Life is smooth sailing for me right now. A PR would only bring momentary thrills on a canvas of a pretty stable life. Or maybe the fact that it's been a while since my last PR is messing around with my confidence. It is much easier to believe in a PR when you come from having just gotten one. Maybe chasing Katie around will help with that. Regardless, I am ready to take a week of rest after the 5K and then plunge into HM training for the winter. I love winter running!
Building a clock
7 months ago