Monday, my run was much less enjoyable than usual. I ran 10k, and it was my second fastest time, but from the outset my legs didn't feel right. They felt awkward and pretty lifeless. I pushed myself through the run, and have to be satisfied with the performance - time was good, and the pace pretty even right through it.
It did leave me wondering why they were like that. I've been working myself pretty hard, pretty much since graduating at the end of March. My times have been gratifyingly tumbling, and I've run as far as 13K now. Reading up on matters of the running kind, I've come to the conclusion that I've been taking my body for granted; neglecting it, even. I read that it's important to feed your body after a run - even, ideally within 30 minutes. You need protein to repair muscles, and carbs to replace the glycogen stored in those muscles. I'll be taking more care from now on.
I went for a run this morning after a day's rest. My legs felt great (here, you can feel them if you want!) full of energy and almost bouncy. I intended a slow run, just to enjoy it and get the feeling back, but I loped off, and it felt so good that I ran and ran. That endorphin stuff must have been a'pumping, because I just pressed on, easing off a little in the middle as I began to feel it, but then pushed hard for the last km. My "easy" run turned into my second fastest, 30:10, and contained my fastest mile.
I got home, immediately had a banana and a cup of green tea (supposed to be good for runners), and there's some cold pizza in the fridge that has my name on it!
My run - connect.garmin.com/modern/a...