Sunday was very windy and raining when I first got up so I decided to take the day off. Especially with the way my hamstrings felt on Saturday, all tight and sore. That's been niggling me ever since TYO marathon. A little later in the day though I had to go get my son from his first ever sleep over and since the weather had lightened, I decided to take the long way around and have a little run. After returning home I decided that it felt so good that I wanted to go out again and so I did.
Since we go to Hawaii this evening (Woo hoo!) I definitely wanted to run this morning before relaxing this week. I decided to start doing some runs recommended to me by my friend and club mate, Steve. Last year while training for the Nagano marathon, he suggested I do some runs where I get my HR to 80-90% of maximum for 60 minutes. These worked very well and eventually evolved in to the marathon paced runs I used to train for TYO. So this morning I got out for 7 miles with the middle five at an average pace of 7:06/mile. Not bad, I'll take it although I would have liked to have gone a little farther before my HR started to drift up and my hamstrings begged to differ. Anyway, I think I'll stick to some of these runs until I feel up to tackling Mr. Horwill once again.
See you in a week or so, all tanned and rested.