I really did have plans to get up early for my long run. Alas, at 5am I awoke to our house guest, aka 6 month old kitten Wasabi chasing around our cat Le Chat. I then realized I would not be getting up in an hour when my alarm was to go off. So, um, yeah, I did what any unrested person would do. I turned the alarm off and went back to sleep. Finally got up around 8:30am.
And yeah, I paid for it today during my long run. I finally got out about 11am. Not the most ideal time to go running. According to my Garmin, it was about 77 degrees and humidity was at 39%. I was feeling sluggish, so I took it easy and lowered my intervals way down to a 2 minute / 45 seconds. I don’t usually lower my intervals but my lower back is giving me some pain on my left side, similar to what I feel at the 15K mark of a run, so I wasn’t sure if I could maintain a long run for a 5 or 10 minute time frame without a gait/recovery change. I’ll be doing some extra stretching and rolling today.
It was not a great run, but I enjoyed being outside today and felt accomplished that I got it done. Next weekend is the 15k race I’m scheduled to run, and although I know I’m not ready for this in terms of getting a time I will be happy with, at least, I know I will finish.