I ran this afternoon, completely on the spur of the moment. The original plan was as it has been for weeks – run long on Saturday then rest on Sunday. But, driving down Scott Blvd. after Sunday family breakfast at Midtown Cafe, I started thinking about how I’d like to run in that area. I measured out a route on MapMyWalk. When I realized I could cover a large loop of 5.6+ miles, and that the temperature outside was 54° F, I set out for a 50-minute run.
And, it went pretty well for being completely spontaneous. Scott Blvd. has a long hill that peaks at Muscatine, the point at which I turned. My heart rate was in zone 5 coming up the hill. Then, it’s a short downhill and pretty flat for the rest of the run. I stayed in zone 3 or 4 for the remaining miles and maintained roughly an 8:45 pace. Overall, I ended up at 8:48, with a max heart rate of 166.
With the 7.8-miler yesterday, I do have some tired legs. I felt a little discomfort in the right hamstring throughout the run, but it was more about tightness than pain.
Tomorrow will be a day off. Then, the schedule for the rest of the week will be:
- Tue: 60 minutes. Will probably extend the route I took today. ~6.8 miles
- Wed: 60 minutes on one of the Iowa River routes. ~6.8 miles
- Thu: 50 minutes on the route I ran today. ~5.7 miles
This will leave me just short of 100 miles for the month (approximately 96.7), as Feb. ends on Wednesday. But, it gives me hope that I’ll cover 100 miles pretty easily in March. In January, I covered 47.6 for a monthly distance PR. I’m pretty happy with the progress since then.