Sunday, July 10, 2011


This week was a difficult one. My legs never really recovered and work got priority over my run. I had to back off on my mileage and just try to run as much as my time and body could allow me.

Easy run. I increased the pace for the last ten minutes. The usual bike path route, out and back. Very hot day. Short bike ride to the bike path. Total run time: 31 minutes and 20 seconds.

I ran from home to the bike path, out and back, and back home. My legs felt good. To make things a little more difficult I added three pounds weights around my ankles. It was fun to run carrying  an extra six pounds. Total run time: 56 minutes and 02 seconds, usually without the weights I ran this route in 51-53 minutes range. I ran better than I thought I would with the extra weight.

Yesterday's afternoon while I was working I noticed a big "bump" on my right knee. It was the size of a tennis ball. I was not sure how it happened. Maybe I hit my knee a couple days ago or it was caused by the extra weights that I used for my Tuesday's run. I have been icing the area. I did not feel any pain during my run. Easy short run from home to the bike path and back. Total run time: 30 minutes and 20 seconds.

My right knee was still swollen. I decided to do a short run on the bike path. Total run time: 37 minutes.

I worked until late. No legs or time for my daily run. My right knee is a little sore. Better have another day off.

Another long working day. Very tired. Right knee is still sore. Day off. Hope to save my long run for tomorrow.

Well, I needed to end my week with a long run. I would not consider today's run as a long run but it was better than I expected. My plan  was to run no more than 90 minutes. I have been feeling quite tired lately and my knee injury was making things worse. I ran from home to the bike path, staying on the bike path for about four miles. There was a cancer prevention walk happening on the bike path. So I had to find a different route to my run. I decided to hit the pavement going up this nice hill where you usually only see cyclists riding up. It took me about 11 minutes to climb it. After that I took this long steep downhill followed by some flat sections and another nice long climb. My legs were feeling good, except that I did not quite get used to the minimalist shoes. After 75 minutes I started to feel my calves getting very sore and it would last for the rest of my run. I was glad when it was over. Total run time: 1 hour and 46 minutes.

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