Chatted with KF at the pool today. She was running in the water, her legs a blur, chatting away happily. I'd be gasping if my legs were moving like that. It's spring break so I had a 50 m lane all to myself.
1000 m 19:20 warmup, starting easy and finding the groove.
1000 m alternating 100 m kick and pull. Mostly dolphin kick with fins. Any time I try a kick drill without fins I always worry the lifeguards will harpoon me and drag me out of the pool by my flukes so they can close for the night.
2 x 50 m sprint nearly all out on 1 minute.
100 m easy
2 x 50 sprint
100 m easy
A bunch of pull working on stroke mechanics. No idea how far. Total 1 hour in the pool.
Home. Snack. Limber up to prep for run. Brought a small water and a gu to have a snack at the half way point. Started very easy, and ran down towards Fish Creek, picking it up when my legs were ready. This was a nice steady pace, working on keeping my feet light and quick.
5K in 33 minutes and change.
~6.5 K, walked 30 seconds to slurp the gu and get some water and head back.
My legs were starting to feel it here a bit. I tucked the water bottle in a pocket and started to concentrate on form. I'd get it for a bit, then I'd lose it, and then it would come back. The way home turned into a good exercise in concentration. As long as I kept thinking about form I'd be ok. When my attention wavered I could feel myself slipping back into a clump clump clump stride and I'd have to fix it. Even though I was tired there were only minor niggles every now and then. So I kept running till the 90 minute mark, which was less than 100 m from the house.
After my run the other day where my legs did not want to run, I'm really pleased with this one. It wasn't fast, averaging a 6:55 Km (11:08 mile) pace but it felt pretty good. I was feeling strong for about the first half, and then I slowed down a bit. Well, maybe a lot. But that's ok. Slow isn't stopping.
Really good stretch after.
In other news the gophers are out. I saw a bunch of them in Fish Creek. It's sort of cute how they peer out at the humans. Later in the year they don't have much fear of us. Other than that it was almost empty. It's sort of weird, since I'm used to seeing lots of people there. I guess many of them are at work or on vacation.
Tomorrow is the +15 art ramble. I'll drop Linda off and start. I haven't picked a route yet, but I would like to get to all the open areas.