Hard Easy DayAugust 16, 2007 at 1:13 am | Posted in running, Training | 3 Comments
“Dead tired. Dog tired. Sore as hell.” -from Laura Mykytok’s training diary.
Laura, I know exactly how you feel. Those three short sentences speak to how I felt when I struggled to open my eyes at 6:00 this morning. Having slept very poorly all night (could it have been the three enormous bowls of Cap’n Crunch I wolfed down at 10:30 last night?), combined with the Tuesday’s tough speedwork, I woke up tired and sore. I couldn’t even consider running until 8:00 and then I still waited around.
Wednesday’s are designated as “easy” days of semi-long distances run at a comfortable pace. As soon as I began this easy run, I realized that it wasn’t going to be easy. I’m sure you’re familiar with the feeling: tight quads, tight calves, certain you weigh at least 300 lbs. Quickly, I decided that today’s semi-long run would only be 7.2 and that motivated me to run a little faster. When I reached the 3.6 mark, I looked at my GPS (I know, I should’ve left it home!) and saw that I was running an average pace of 8:48. “Oh no!” screamed my brain. “That’s just pathetic! You’d better start moving those legs of yours!”
So, that’s just what I did to the tune of an average pace of 7:50. Stupid, stupid stupid!!! Easy days should be, well, EASY!!! I don’t believe that anyone benefits from to challenging days in a row. When you run consecutive days hard, you set yourself up for injury. Plus, I probably zapped a lot of energy that I will most definitely need for my 6 miles of tempo running tomorrow.
So, what did I learn? LEAVE THE WATCH HOME ON EASY DAYS AND LET YOUR BODY SET THE TEMPO!!