I put in 4.33 miles last night. Initially I thought it was 4.1, but I went back and mapped it out and 4.33 was the number. I feel a bit better about my time now. 56.16 over that distance is not great but considering I had to walk a bit I am ok with that.
So why was it so tough? Well a couple of things happened. First was that I ended up running on grass. Not the nice park grass, but the junky grass beside the road. This was a first for me and it kicked my butt. Second was a bit of a asthma attack during the run. I think that will be the last time I go out without the inhaler. And last would be the hills. The first 2 miles were just brutal for me. There was once hill that I had to walk. I had made it up a hill that was almost a half mile long overall and then there was this killer hill that was all of 150 yards, but it was just really steep. The kind of hill that you fear in snowy conditions in a car.
Once I got through that hill I finished pretty strong and ran the rest of the way. I guess I still have some work to do on hills.
Do you guys have issues running on grass like that? I know Dave is a trail runner. Maybe he can shed some light on that. I am also fighting a possible ligament strain in my foot. I will have to monitor that one. I would also love to hear if anyone else has fought the foot strain and what they did. Right now I am thinking I might get some new inserts for the shoes as new shoes are not in the budget.
Have a great day everyone. Go Tigers!