Week 2 Starts Off Slow
The second week started today with another "optional" 5km run. I call them optional only so that I don't feel too guilty if I have to miss it on account of being sore after the Sunday long run, but in reality I don't plan on missing these recovery jogs if I can help it. I think they speed up the recovery more than sitting on the couch ever could.
I ran nice and slow and kept the heart rate really low. The 5km took me 29:53 to complete for an average pace of 5:58/km (9:37/mile). The average heart rate ended up at 133bpm, which was good given the fact that it was quite warm out. I generally like the heat of summer and hope that this year is not an exception. A couple of days in real heat spent outside and I acclimatize fairly well. Bring on the heat, I say! All this "below seasonal" stuff cannot end soon enough for me.
The knees still feel tight, but I think they are slowly getting better. I am really hoping to hit the track for some mild speed work this Wednesday, but that will be up to these wonky joints. As far as the ankle goes, I haven't been talking about it at all in a long time because it seems to be holding up quite well. Part of me doesn't want to jinx it and so perhaps that explains the lack of bloggage on that subject. Here's hoping this little aside doesn't kill the plan...
Garmin don't lie.