Juan de Fuca Tempo 1:30:29
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Yesterday was a day off from training. I met Shan after work for dinner at the Med Grill for a granny night. We caught the “early bird” special and were out of there by 7pm…perfect. I still had loads of time to have a quiet night in. I knew I had a big run this morning and was glad to be in my PJs by 7:15.
Juan de Fuca is the new IRR venue for Saturday morning runs so LeRoo and I met everyone there even though we were doing a slightly different WO. We all did the warm-up together, chatted a bit then the group did 10-9-8 minutes while LeRoo and I ran 2 x 20 minutes at tempo pace with 5 minutes recovery. I swore to myself that I would stay in the “comfortably hard” zone you’re suppose to run tempo runs in instead of the usual “slightly uncomfortably hard” zone that I tend to do. I ran the loops at a more relaxed pace than last week (9:45 per loop). All of them were at the same pace and the effort was hard but comfy. It’s only taken me three years to do this properly (or close to it). Boob stuck around to watch everyone run and LeRoo and I ran with Ased for one loop which was great fun. The WO ended later than expected and although I wanted to catch the Vikes’ x-country race, I was just too filthy and sweaty to go straight from the run to Beacon Hill. I ended up missing the women’s race but caught the guys’. There weren’t as many runners or spectators this year compared to last…too bad.
I walked back to Jennie’s place with Jen Mac and got to carry PK most of the way. She is so good, even a spell of the hiccups didn’t bother her one bit. I got a nice visit in with Jennie and Simon while waiting for Juice to finish his talk for POV. On the way home, I dropped by to see Phil at Island Runner. He was in great form, making us laugh as usual. He sent me off with a new pair of Saucony Sinister shoes to try out. These will be great for training runs, I think. It was pizza for dinner and the rest of the night I paid homage to The Tube.