Saturday, February 28, 2009

On the Trail Again

Today's Run Stats: Farmington Canal Linear Park; 39 degrees; 4 miles; 34:48; 8:42 per mile pace. Mile 1: 8:43, mile 2: 8:40, mile 3: 8:56, mile 4: 8:29.

I was disappointed I didn't see roller blading, disco dancing, karaoke singing, linear trail lady today. However I did see LOTS of dog poop on the crushed gravel, perfect for running, side of the linear trail. Is it too much to ask for dog owners to pick up their dogs poop? I ran 4 miles instead of 3, and am more than satisfied with my splits and total time. Tomorrow begins two weeks of increasing my mileage up to 4, then 5 miles per run. I'm actually nervous about it. In the back of my mind lies the fear that as I increase my mileage and speed that my achilles will pop. I honestly don't ever want to have to give up running. Running is my temporary escape from reality. There are no problems in my life, nothing is bad in the world, and it's the highest of highs whenever I run. True, I still have a ways to go as far as getting back to my usual 8-8:30 minute pace per mile, but I'm getting there. I'm still sucking too much wind though. I haven't figured out why. I'm running slower, but having more difficulty with my breathing?? At least my pace feels good, and each day it feels like old times again. I'm debating whether or not to run the O'Hartford 5K race in 2 weeks. I'm so anal about my times that I know I'll be upset if I finish it slower than I have the previous two years.


Anais said...

Woah, Rick, you totally put the exact words to how I feel, re: your fear (except for me it's not about the heel). I really hope nothing keeps you from running, because you definitely can't get that kind of high anywhere else :)

And I say go for the race ;)I'm sure you'll outdo yourself!

Anonymous said...

Rick I'm actually hoping to qualify for boston, I'm not planning on running it this year cause it hasn't happened yet! And NO I can't believe how much snow we are getting. I'm definitely not happy about it!