4:15 AM: You guess it, the alarm goes off. Last Monday I slept through my alarm, which at the time was a nice, melodious harp. Today, an air-horn.
I'm UP, I'm UP!
Why am I up so early, I wondered.
Because sacrifice is the collateral.
And I really want to meet my goals, which means execute all of my planned training. Since I work two jobs, 4:15 in the morning it is.
I wrapped my two problem toes (blisters) in bandaids, got dressed, threw my toe shoes on and went out to do my warm ups. My hamstrings have been a bit cranky and I was very curious to see how they'd feel doing lunges and squats. If they complained I was going to take an easy 4 mile jog instead of my planned 6 mile tempo run.
But all was well. I had the same rule in mind for my warm up mile. I started slow and built up to running about 8:30 mm pace as I finished the mile. The tempo was supposed to be four miles at 6:58 mm. How does SmartCoach come up with 6:58 and not 7:00 ... If you know where my missing socks are, or the location of the back of the remote to the DVD player, then you know that answer, too.
I got through the first 3/4 of the mile okay, slowly building from a 7:15 to a 7:00 pace. All was well until I hit the hill then the tightening started. I finished the hill and went down the other side, hoping it'd loosen up. I finished the mile slowing down, but still trying to move quickly. No dice. I jogged home paying attention to the left hamstring, trying to stay within the safe zone.
Now six months ago I would've run through the pain and caused serious damage. Today I don't think I did. I'm on ice now and will keep it compressed at work. I'll be nursing it along for the next two weeks or so I'm afraid. It sucks because I have a 4 mile trail race Sunday.
I'm afraid that this may be the kind of thing I fight regularly. I had a spinal injury about 14 years ago that almost left me partially paralyzed. It weakened a few things in my right leg and right foot, so of course the left side is always hurting after a run, due to compensation.