Thursday was a workout blitz.
I had already planned a personal day to get some things done, but opted to also utilize my daytime for my last long run. Then I added two yoga classes on top of it!
10 miles in 2:06, pace ranged from about 12:00 to 13:00/mile
I had set out to run 10 to 12 miles. I was hoping for 11. My left IT band twinged on and off during most of the run, but never became unbearable. My main dread for this last long run was that it would take forever. It did. And this is one of the several reasons a marathon is not in my near future.
It took me about 6-minutes longer to finish this 10-miler than my last one. However, it was also about 25-degrees colder out and windy. Around mile 9 my left hamstring started to tighten up, which is odd because I never have hamstring issues. I stretched it out but it persisted and that’s why, in part, I decided to end my run at 10. I felt my quads becoming fatigued as well. I didn’t want to push an extra mile and cause any damage or exhaust myself.
The strangest thing happened on this run too. I saw a deer. A full-grown with a full set of antlers – DEER. In the middle of the sidewalk — in front of me! We’re talking in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I freaked out, literally, and ran to the sidewalk on the other side of the road. I did not want to get antlered! On my turnaround the deer was gone. I felt a little sad for him because obviously he was lost. I hope he made it back home alright.
I followed my run with a 60-minute yoga flow class at Inner Bliss. This really helped stretch me out after the run, notably supta baddha konasana (say that three times), which was great for my tight hips. Then later I went to my last 60-minute hatha yoga class at the YMCA. I took it easy, modifying the harder poses for a gentle practice.
Usually I wouldn’t work out that much in one day but it was a special treat to myself!