Variety is the Spice of Life

I did a nice job of mixing up my workouts the past week. 


I planned a short run at whatever pace I felt like. I ran up my street and over to Wilmore park.  


Then I ran back on the River Des Peres greenway. The run ended up longish; 5 miles in just over 52 minutes. 


Biking at the gym then stretching.  



My Speedwork plan called for 1 mile as fast as I could go. I opted to do it at the gym on the treadmill; thinking that would be easier than risking having to stop for traffic outside.    


I’m running in the Macklind Mile so we’ll see how this translates into outside running next Saturday.


I swam. This was only the second time I’ve swam since a couple weeks before my LASIK surgery and I’m still trying to get the hang of it. I don’t feel like my breathing is well coordinated with my movement just yet, but I’ll keep trying. I did swim 42 laps in 30 minutes even though I kept pausing at each end to catch my breath. And my body felt great the rest of the day so I know even if I’m just flailing away in the pool it’s still helping me recover. 


It was rainy but I ran anyway.  


And I deliberately sought out hills! 

I keep reading about how hills should be part of a runner’s routine so I decided to give it a shot. I ran a winding loop up the hill to St. Marcus Park and back down Holly Hills to the greenway several times.  


I covered just over 3 miles by the time it was done. It was challenging and my quads are feeling it today. I’m not usually sore after running so I guess the hills did what they were supposed to do. 

Today I’m resting and tomorrow I am running the All-American 5k. I ran this two years ago in 25:29, which remains my PR on a course that’s actually 3.1 miles. I don’t think I’m in that kind of shape now. I’ll be happy to break 27 minutes.


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