|This is the park across from the gym where I started my run.|
I left my car parked at the gym and started right from there. I started running down the Main street. Boy it felt so good to run on the sidewalk. Because I do so much trail running, I hadn't ran on the sidewalks in such a long time. It reminded me of all the "good" runs I use to have. My plan was to run downtown and across the big bridge and down to the park (big decline), do two laps around the park, and then run back up over the bridge (big incline), through town, and back to my car which was parked at the gym.
I felt so good running on the sidewalk that I ran the entire first mile without my intervals. About a mile and a half into the run I worried that I might not make it back into town before it got too dark. There are street lights in town and over the bridge, but not at the park. I was worried that I might not have gaged my time correctly since the whole time change thing last week. For this reason I only decided to do 3.1 miles. As I came back into town I ran the last mile in its entirety as well. Even though it was only 3.1 miles, it was a great mid week run!
THEN..... the next day my calves hurt like crazy! I only did 3.1 miles, how could this be? This was my first run since my 18 miler the weekend before and I don't remember my calves hurting that bad even then. Then I realized, I bet it was the darn incline up over the bridge that I ran twice. All my training runs have been on flat surfaces. Yes, I know I am doing myself a dis-service by only training on flat land and not doing hill work. I guess I will have to work on that.
I was able to stretch my left calf out at the gym on Friday afternoon, but just couldn't get rid of the tightness in my right one. For that reason, I ended up skipping my long run on Saturday! I know, I can't believe it either. I have been so faithful to my training plan. I justified this by reminding myself that I DID do 18 miles last Saturday and that it was okay to skip a run if I feel I might do more harm then good. Besides, I'm really not proving anything going out there and doing another 10 miles just for the sake of getting miles in, right? -M