Sunday, May 31, 2009

Misperception and rest days

I often neglect the idea of rest days. I'd often joke around with friends that rest was 'for the weak,' and that if you didn't feel some modicum of pain, then you probably weren't training hard enough. As a result, sometimes I'll go weeks at a time without taking a break (obviously not the smartest thing). Well yesterday I took one. It was well deserved (sort of), but basically I spent the day detoxing from the delicious (read: bad for you) food that I've been eating lately... did I mention prunes are awesomely delicious? In any case, I had planned on doing a longer run in the 8-10 mile range to Old Clinton, but honestly... I wasn't too confident I'd be able to do it. Remember? Day after off day + day after eating = terrible run. Except for today apparently though.

Total distance ended up being 9.49 miles on the run, out to the mill and back with some detours around developments. I planned on taking it real slow, maybe around a 9 minute pace, but like I've previously mentioned, I suck at holding pace. While I didn't truly time my run, my iPod playlist (counted by the number of loops) says it took just a shade under 80 minutes, or roughly an 8 minute pace. I didn't blaze any records, but certainly not the slow and steady I had planned on... especially when you consider the hilly terrain. All in all, I'm pretty happy with that. Why did I mention something about misperception? Oh yeah... when I was running, I thought I had run about 10.5 miles. I do this based on the idea that at the 60 minute mark, I should be around 7.5 miles. Turns out, either I can't tell time... or my math skills are in serious decline.

distance for the day: 9.49 miles
distance biked for the day: 0.00 miles

distance on the year: 236.63 miles
distance biked on the year: 142.68 miles


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