Today was a busy day, but I snuck in a 4 mile run between a couple of recitals and a big school project. I was lucky enough to have about a half an hour pop up during the middle of the day, so I changed and ran out the door. Knowing I only had about half an hour, I decided on my standard out and back 4 miler into Ridgewood and back. Since it was going to be short, I decided to make it a quick one as well. I ran the pace about 7:15/mile for the duration and got a strong run in.
Heading right out the door is a different experience, as I had no warm up time and I jumped right into a pace around 7:00/mile. To say the first mile was a little awkward, is an understatement. However, I am not complaining, I was glad to get out and I do like to do runs like this sometimes. Simply pushing the envelope and not being super comfortable is beneficial I think. It isn't always possible to have an optimal warm up or cool down, or to get to ease yourself into a run. Sometimes, you just have to get out and go.
Shaking out the rust during a run, rather than before, helps you deal with times when it isn't necessarily fluid and perfect. Today's run bring the weekly total up to about 33-34 miles since Monday. Next week, I am going to hit a workout or two and taper just a bit moving into next Monday's Fred D'Elia Ridgewood Run (5K).
If you plan on running the Ridgewood Run, get to the website and sign up. It generally sells out. Also, if you aren't familiar with it, the run is on Memorial Day, in Ridgewood, NJ, and it is a lot of fun. We go every year as a family. I run the 5K, we all do the 1 mile run/walk, and we get a lot of SWAG, ice cream, kid's medals, etc.