Speed work hills 53:28 6.0 mi (8:55 / mi) +249m 7:54 / mi
shoes: Defyance 4 #2 (grey-walk)
Trip to Oberlin wiped me out - Decided last night not to do today's race (both fatigue and worry about aggravating the knee).
So I thought I'd play it by ear on doing some upscale running. Running to the track would be too far, so went to see if park road elementary was a possibility. No dice there, as the roads were packed with parked minivans, which meant that my 1/4 mile loop was covered with brightly adorned munchkins playing soccer.
So I continued on to plan C - doing hills.
1x from manhole at base to fallen tree along ridge (turning right at path intersection)
5x from manhole up to stairs after peak (turning left at intersection).
Despite my hatred of hills is that there is a benefit in that there is no standard of comparison, except against yourself. That is, if you run quarters, 80s, 90s and 100s all mean something completely different. Whereas 80s up this hill means nothing.
So it felt pretty good to do this run - got both some power work (won't really say speed, as going up hills is slow), and some distance (6m is long for me).
And the legs feel OK afterwards. Still a good call not to do a race, as I was not mentally prepared anyway - had too many excuses to lean back onto once it would become painful at 1.2m....
Decided to rotate out the Defyance 4 #1, as they had reached a decent enough mileage. I was concerned about the edge rub on the R foot on 4-1, but recently, it did not seem to be increasing. I thought about using those shoes for this run, but when I investigated the soles, I realized that the midfoot was also pretty worn, and thus would give poor grip on a grassy field - I was happy to see that I'm wearing these down where they i.e. are supposed to wear if I'm running correctly mechanically!