What? You’re running on tuesday? That doesn’t seem right.
Let’s just chalk it up to the vicissitudes of single parenting and move on. I may come back to the fact that today is tuesday in a bit.
Let’s start with the good news.
Hill 1: 00:00:27 (new PB by one second)
Track A 00:01:34 (new PB by one second)
If you think that marks a trend, you’re incorrect.
In fact, I’m shocked by my Track A time, because while I was running it I felt fucking horrible. My breathing was way off, I was gasping almost the whole way, and the dreaded side stitches were back. I thought I was going to be way off my pace. But it worked out, so I won’t complain. Well, no more than I already have at least.
Hill 1 was similar, only shorter. I think I made up the time by taking longer strides. I attribute some additional strength to the stair running I’ve been doing. The problem is I definitely felt myself slowing down at the top of the hill, and my heart rate was only 175 (only!) so I don’t think it was a cardio problem. That chalks it up to either a willpower problem, or a muscle fatigue problem. More on this momentarily.
Now for the bad news. I wanted to time myself for my best 1k pace. I started running and within 45 seconds I had to stop because of side stitches and a general sense that things weren’t right. I started up again, and after another minute I had to walk for a bit to catch my breath. I almost decided today wasn’t my day and quit altogether, but then I realized I’d have to come clean about it on here and that wasn’t going to fly. So I stuck it out, just without any concern about pace. I still managed 00:06:14, which I was surprised by, but it certainly doesn’t cut it from a pace perspective.
So, here’s my theory. Tuesday. I ran pretty hard on thursday, saturday, and sunday (from a stairs perspective at the very least). I’m used to that, but I’m also used to four days recovery before my next run. I think today was my body being reacting poorly to being shocked out of that pattern. If you want to put 2+2 together, that means (drum roll): it’s because of the children!
It takes a grown man to blame small children for his problems.
Anyone else have any theories on why today sucked so bad?