This morning I woke up feeling good and hit the tread mill. I had a great 5 mile run which included 7 x 400 (quarter mile) speed intervals at 7.0, which is about 8:30 per mile pace, for the first 4 and at 7.5 or 8 minute pace for the last 3. As I have mentioned before, I am not fast, so that was a fast set for me. I had a mile warm up, walked 200 in between intervals, and ran a little tempo pace to finish it off. I felt great. My lungs were pushed enough to feel my anaerobic threshold was tested but I didn’t feel fried. With all of the swimming I have been doing at faster paces, I can feel the improvement it is having on my ability to push faster in running too. Bonus.
After I dressed and was ready to leave for the day, my lower back decided to tighten a bit and has been achey. It is the oddest thing, I am not limited at all in my movement or flexibility, I did my weight workout this evening and felt good. I feel the tension when I lean forward, but the further I bend, it goes away. So I am taking some Advil and the heating pad is warming up for me.
An important lesson I have learned is to listen to my body. I don’t want to push it, but I also am not going to wimp out. I have every intention of swimming tomorrow morning – a 3,000 meter workout – but I will pace myself accordingly. Oh, and I scheduled a massage for Tuesday evening. Big Bonus.