Location: Burnaby Lake, CCW
Distance: 11.44 km
Weather: Overcast, some sun
Wind: light to none
Calories burned: 811
Average pace: 4:57/km <– personal record
Total distance to date: 1347.78 km
Ran all three optional loops: Piper Mill, Conifer Loop and Spruce Loop.
On Saturday’s walk around Burnaby Lake I felt three different instances of pain flash quickly through my left shin. The shin otherwise was fine but it was enough to cause some concern as I got ready for today’s run.
The weather was nice for running — mild and mainly cloudy but no threat of rain. I felt nothing unusual on the walk to the lake and that helped set me a bit at ease. The first km I eased up slightly — my pace was 4:48 — but after that and without experiencing any pain I maintained my usual rate and ended up with an average pace of 4:57/km, my fastest to date. Even better, the Nike+ site did not round up the result. Woo!
The Burnaby parks people were out in force today with weed whackers, leaf blowers and tractors (one of which bore down on me, causing a brief moment of DEAR LORD I’M GOING TO GET RUN OVER ON A NATURE TRAIL). Where the trail wasn’t being groomed I found it to be pleasant and occasionally a bit muggy after the rain of the past few days.
The left foot, which has been getting to nearly fully recovered, did start acting up a little in the last few km but it was a mere annoyance. My left calf felt a little sore after the run but quickly recovered.
I am still mindful of shin splints and will probably apply an ice pack after the next run.
Chart (average pace is bolded if different than the last km):
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