It’s been raining pretty continually here in Kansas this whole week. Like all day, sort of like Portland in the winter. My day is very weather dependent. I think most cyclist’s days are weather dependent, but when I’m not riding I’m usually doing something outside.
So, yesterday, I went a little stir crazy, plus Bromont was bugging me to go run, so I decided to go run with him. It was raining pretty good, but I don’t mind running in the rain. It isn’t for long and there isn’t really a wind chill. I just put on some shorts and ran in a t-shirt.
I put Bromont on a leash, which I hardly ever do. When I got down to the bike trail, I let him off the leash. He immediately took off. I think he thought I was on my bike and he could run full speed. I was running moderately hard. I was only going to go a couple miles. I was carrying my Garmin with me and I couldn’t believe how slow I was going. Something like 7 1/2 minute miles. I wasn’t breathing hard, not really hard at all. But my legs were turning over slow. I’m not sure what that was all about.
I woke up this this morning and could barely walk. I think that I should be able to run two miles anytime during the year and not be sore. It seems like as an endurance athlete, that should be something that we should all be able to do. I think I’m going wait until I’m not sore and then try it again.
I never ran much. I used to do a few running races every year or two. I’ve won a few. As cyclists, we’re very good at running uphill, but horrible at running downhill. I think that might have been my problem yesterday, too much running downhill. I don’t know. It is sort of depressing.
I haven’t ran a timed mile in a few years. I used to run one each year to make sure I could still do it under 5 minutes. I would be very surprised if I could do that if my run yesterday is any indication.