Wanted to run hard today, but really just found the running hard.
Time: 55 minutes
Distance: 6.61 miles
Weather: Cloudy and cool
Started with a one mile warm up running from the house up the neighborhood access trail to the upper parking lot at Elk Meadow. Jogged up to the Sleepy S junction and started a 5.5 mile series of running one minute hard, then one minute easy.
Tried to keep the effort on the hard ones honest, running a consistent effort up or down whatever the trail terrain. Given the undulating nature of this loop, my paces on the hard minutes were all over the map, from 9:20s to 5:30s. A nice variety.
The first couple of hard ones were haaaaard, particularly with most of the trail snow-covered. After the second one, I considered just jogging the rest of the loop. Kept at it, though. By the middle of the run things began to feel better and the hard minutes came a bit easier.
After completing the loop, I jogged back down Sleepy S and cut through the woods to pick the kids up at their school, which borders the open space. We walked home together. Nice close to the outing.
Left heel was not happy with today's run. It was pretty sore following the outing, and my left calf also was very tight...probably the result of a changed gait to deal with the soreness. Soaked my foot in an ice bath in the evening. Feels better.
I'm going to try some acupuncture on the heel on Friday. Interested to see how that goes and whether it helps at all.