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Saturday, May 07, 2005

"Hello, yeah, it's been a while."

  • date: 05/07/05
  • time: afternoon
  • weather: 56 ºF, mostly cloudy, wind N/NE at 13 mph
  • mileage: today-3, week-21.2, year-172.3
  • resting (bpm): 62
  • after workout (bpm): 127
  • weight: +26


The wheels have bounced back nicely. There was some twitching in my left calf at the start of the run, but it worked itself out. After a mile warm-up, I hit the track. One of the things I like about running is its simplicity. I tend to complicate and over analyze. You haven’t noticed? But running resists this tendency. A reformed Winter Warlock once sang:
“Put one foot in front of the other …”

Do it a little faster, and that’s running. There’s no ball flying at you at 90+ miles an hour, no opponent trying to tackle or tag you out. It’s just you and your will. The track is about as complicated as it gets. And even that only means you have to remember to make a left at the end of the straightaway.

So, in keeping with my tangling personality, I planned to stride the 100m straights and jog the 100m turns. I still had some doubts about my injury, so I held the strides to about 70 percent effort. I did this for four laps, ~1600m, and then jogged home. Short day, no injuries.

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