Run 779: Breezy kneezy

A few notes on today’s run in handy list form:

  • I had four days off, more than usual
  • It was very windy at times, once I could feel it doing that “trying to pull it off my head” thing
  • Humidity was low, so I experienced PDMS1Partial Dry Mouth Syndrome

I wasn’t sure what to expect today after the four days off. When I started, I immediately felt creaky–but more in the shins, probably because of the stretching. After a while this went away, and eventually I felt a bit of stiffness in the knees instead. Nothing horrible, but definitely there. That also seemed to diminish as the run went on.

My pace fell back from the last run, as I think I’d had just enough time off to start losing a bit of the conditioning I was gaining back. My best laps were the 2nd and last, both of which came under the six-minute mark.

I wanted to go sleeveless, to help work on my not-a-farmer’s tan, but my sleeveless running shirts fit a bit snug right now. While I slim down, I opted to wear a George shirt, which is a cotton blend. Fortunately, the high wind and not Africa hot temperature meant I didn’t really sweat, so I never had to deal with a sweat-soaked cotton shirt clinging to my body.

I noticed the construction equipment at the new playground was gone, so I went over to seek water at the fountain.

I was denied because they’re apparently not finished, and the whole area has a temporary fence around it. Even if I climbed the fence, the fountain is probably turned off right now, anyway.

I mixed things up for the walk home. After going 5K and arriving at the fountain by the dam, I ended my walk and checked the stats. My training status was rated as Productive. I noodled around for a few minutes, ventured over to the turtle nesting area, where two women were sitting on the bench, at least one of them smoking. Again, I note that I ONLY see people smoking on the trail after the FIRE DANGER No Smoking signs go up. I am convinced it works as some weird reverse psychological trigger for these people. Anyway, I then started another walk for the last 4 km home and assumed a more leisurely pace, to better preserve my tired knees.

When I got home I checked and my training status after this second walk was still Productive. Woo!

The knees don’t feel that bad right now as I type this, which is good. I get them poked and prodded tomorrow at my next physio appointment.

View from Cariboo Dam, post-run. Slightly different angle due to sun glare.

Stats:

Run 779
Average pace: 6:02/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CCW)
Start: 2:47 p.m.
Distance: 5.04 km
Time: 30:24
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 22ºC
Humidity: 37%
Wind: moderate to strong
BPM: 151
Weight: 165.3
Total distance to date: 5780 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (452 km)

Run 778: Fire danger! Plus: Dander up

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run

Today I did a short loop at the lake, starting near the Jiffy John™ and running counter-clockwise until I hit 3K, then turning around and heading back, in order to minimize the total amount of walking I’d need to do. I still got mildly upbraided at the end of the run when the Garmin Forerunner said I was “overreaching”. This should change over time as I get more into condition.

Speaking of condition, I kept my BPM the same at 152, but did improve my pace again, this time by five seconds, to 5:55/km. After 25 days off, it took three runs to break the six-minute mark. I was pretty consistent as well, coming in under six minutes for all 5 km.

It was a little cooler and only partly sunny, but this actually made conditions quite nice for running. The trail was sparsely people, but the cottonwood dander is all over the place early. If I was allergic to this stuff, I’d need to wear a hazmat suit for my runs.

Also of note, the FIRE DANGER signs are up, marking one of the few times they’ve gone up in May, and the earliest I’ve seen them in a few years, tidings of what may be a dry, hot summer.

Overall, this was a good run, and once again I’m not feeling any issues with the knees, other than some slight stiffness. I more feel the calf and quad muscles from all the stretching exercises (including when I’m running, which is not bad, just something I’ve noticed).

The arrival of this sign also coincides with people starting to smoke. I AM NOT KIDDING.

Stats:

Run 778
Average pace: 5:55/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CCW then CW)
Start: 12:42 p.m.
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 29:43
Weather: Partly sunny
Temp: 16ºC
Humidity: 70%
Wind: low to moderate
BPM: 152
Weight: 166.7
Total distance to date: 5775 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (447 km)

Run 777: Less noodle, more goose

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run

I headed out about an hour earlier today and, for the first time, after doing a full batch of stretching exercises, including the foam roller one designed to put your quad muscles into some kind of agony. As before, my plan was to adopt a moderate pace and just see how it went.

Conditions were very similar to Saturday, but I erred on the side of caution this time and wore sunblock.

Because it was a weekday, the trail was only lightly populated and all humans and dogs were well-behaved. I saw the spitfire again, but she was not running–or walking. She was actually standing, checking something on her phone. I’m wondering if she may have also injured herself and is just taking walks until she’s recovered.

Speaking of injuries, I felt no ill effects on the knees during or after the run. As I sit here a few hours later typing this, they don’t hurt or feel stiff. The quad muscles do, though (not hurt, but feel stiff).

My BPM dipped slightly to 152, which is nice but statistically insignificant. More significant is my pace dropped to 6:00/km, down an impressive eight seconds from Saturday. I’m shaking off the rust, woo.

Also, the field was replete with goslings. See below.

Overall, a solid second effort. I went from “maintaining” after the run to “overreaching” after the 9 km walk back. Undecided on whether I’ll run Wednesday or Thursday. But I will run!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL
(full of goslings)

Stats:

Run 777
Average pace: 6:00/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CW)
Start: 12:42 p.m.
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 30:10
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 20ºC
Humidity: 63%
Wind: low to moderate
BPM: 152
Weight: 166.1
Total distance to date: 5770 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (442 km)

Run 776: Noodle legs

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run

After getting the go-ahead to resume runs from my doctor and physiotherapist, I headed out today, as the usual birding had been cancelled.

But before I ran, I did the first batch of new stretching exercises to help with my runner’s knee and to prevent additional runner’s knees from springing up like mushrooms after a rain.

The exercises were:

  • Standing soleus stretching: Stand near the wall, bend your knee and hold for a few seconds. Pretty basic. I didn’t feel much from this, which made me wonder if I was doing it right.
  • Calf stretch: Similar to above, but instead of bending the knee, you extend your calf back and out. Fine at first, you start to feel that burning sensation toward the end.
  • Foam rolling quads: You lay belly-down on a foam roller and using your hands, you move your body over it, from just below the crotch to just above the knees, for 1–2 minutes. This one feels fine for the first 10 seconds or so, then it switches to feeling like you’re murdering your leg muscles after setting them on fire.

With the exercises out of the way, I mulled my run options (the bold option is what I went with):

  • EASIEST: A 5K run along the river trail, starting as soon as I got there. About one hour total time.
  • SLIGHTLY HARDER: The same as above, but walking to the end of the river trail and starting the run from there. Adds about 3 km to the walking part.
  • MOAR WALKING: Run a short loop at Burnaby Lake, going 2.5 km before turning around and looping back. Ups the walking by another km.
  • MOST DEFINITELY HARDER: Walk to the lake, do a 5K run, then walk around the lake and back. This is my usual 5K run and the walking part is around 13 km or so.
  • THIS WOULD PROBABLY LEAVE ME CURLED UP ON THE GROUND: Do a full 10K run at the lake as if it hadn’t been 25 days since my last run.

I planned to run at a slower pace, which was fairly easy, since it had been over three weeks since my last run. My BPM was up a little to 153, which is still fine, and while I had no issues completing the 5K, I was definitely feeling a bit tired by the end. The knees felt fine during the run and more importantly, have remained intact since.

The walk back I also adopted a slower pace, with no additional running and that was also fine, though I was again feeling much more tired than usual, especially on all those pesky stairs.

Conditions were pretty good. It was sunny, but not overly warm, with a nice cooling breeze and humidity high enough to avoid Dry Mouth Syndrome™. Even though it was a Saturday, the trail was not too crowded, and I was able to navigate around people without issue.

Speaking of people, the spitfire was there…walking! She was clearly not dressed for running, so maybe she walks on the weekends (I normally do not run on the weekend).

Some other notes from the run:

  • The Piper Mill Trail was closed due to resurfacing. This is the first time it’s been resurfaced since I started running at the lake in 2011. Maybe the first time it’s been resurfaced in 300 years. This leaves the little leg off the athletic field and a stretch along further along the field (both of which flood) as the last two remaining sections that have never been resurfaced since I started running here.
  • The marshmallow roof on the tennis courts has been removed. Summer is officially unofficially here!
  • The demolished playground has a shinier new playground going up in its place. No more bawling kids. Well, not over a lack of a playground, at least.
  • The first boardwalk (as you run/walk counter-clockwise) has been in a state of disrepair for some time and someone apparently said, “Dis needs repairing!” because the splintered and broken railing have been completely replaced and at least a dozen or more boards have been replaced, giving the boardwalk a weird new/old look. The second boardwalk still has the “repairs are planned” signs up that have been there for at least the past year.
  • A giant mob of geese and goslings were heading into Still Creek, and the goslings are now in a variety of sizes, with some starting to look kind of goofy as they outgrow their baby bodies.
  • There was some kind of rowing competition up in the hizzy, as the rowing pavilion parking lot was completely full, and I could see skiffs1Is that what they’re called? I’m not a rowingologist. plying the one section of lake that is carved out from all the lily pads.

Overall, it was good to be back out. My plan is to continue the daily stretches and hopefully go out for another run on Monday. Depending on how I feel, I may choose one of the easier options listed above, but definitely not the last one.

A bonus shot of Burnaby Lake, with the lily pads having completed their annual conquest:

Pretty much everywhere, it’s gonna be lily pads

Stats:

Run 776
Average pace: 6:06/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CCW)
Start: 1:43 p.m.
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 30:44
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 20ºC
Humidity: 69%
Wind: low to moderate
BPM: 153
Weight: 165.1
Total distance to date: 5765 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (437 km)

Run 775: Sun and mouth (which was dry)

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run. Sunny and warm!
UPDATE, later that evening: The right knee ain't right. It is very stiff and will not flex back like the left one, which is relatively fine. There is also a mass on the back of it that is either inflammation, fluid buildup or an incubating alien. I'll be setting up an appointment with my doctor to have it probed. I suspect inflammation, as applying a heat pack to it seems to have reduced it, though the knee itself is still sore/stuff. Exciting (and terrible) times in Kneeville!

I missed my last two runs:

  • Friday: My nose was busy torturing me, so I opted to skip.
  • Monday (yesterday): I wanted another day to recover from the pummelling at the, uh, hands of my nose

Which means the last time I ran was last Wednesday, nearly a week ago. I would be rusty, but only planned for a 5K, and deliberately waited until late morning to head out, hoping the warmer weather would further incentivize me to take it slow ‘n steady–and it did!

In fact, it was 20C, which is exactly double what it was last Wednesday. I actually sweated. I felt a little tired after the 4K mark. I was glad I was not running 10K.

The humidity level was way down, too, at around 50%1Weirdly, the Garmin app reported humidity as 80%, which is way wrong, and also reported the temperature as 14C, also way wrong. The actual Forerunner watch had the temperature right, at least. This meant that I experienced for the first time in a very long time the dreaded DMS (Dry Mouth Syndrome). It wasn’t that bad, but I was looking forward to slurping from the drinking fountain by the playground, conveniently just past the 5K mark where I would be stopping. Except they were literally demolishing the playground and the fountain–if it was even still working–was fenced off and inaccessible. I was sad. Several kids were standing nearby, bawling their eyes out2OK, not really.

I slathered myself liberally with sunblock before heading out, so escaped an embarrassing early spring burn, and my knees also survived. However, on the walk back, I discovered a certain walking pace (on the faster side) made the knees start to actually hurt. Adjusting the speed down a little made a significant difference, so I think I found the magic spot where the muscles and tendons get stretched in a way they really don’t like right now. Noted for future reference.

The actual run part went reasonably fine. I had a BPM of 151–I was finding it difficult to keep it down, probably due to a combination of it being much warmer and me being flabby and having to work harder. But still, perfectly cromulent. And the sun actually felt nice, not oppressive. It looks like it will be cooler and possibly damper for my next run.

Bonus post-run shot of the lake, now getting covered in baby lily pads:

Stats:

Run 775
Average pace: 5:54/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CCW)
Start: 12:47 p.m.
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 29:40
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 20ºC
Humidity: 50%
Wind: low
BPM: 151
Weight: 167.3
Total distance to date: 5760 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (432 km)

Run 774: Strained and rained

Brunette River, pre-run.

My knees said, “Go for a run today, but be gentle!” so I did a 5K at the river, with only the walk to the river to warm up.

The weather was mild, so I wore one layer and it was sufficient. There was little wind today, too, which helped. It did shower a bit, but it was more an intermittent drizzle and wasn’t really a factor, other than being slightly annoying.

I tried to keep to a BPM of 150–and succeeded! Somehow the peaks and dips averaged out, with a pace of 5:43/km, which is about right for the river trail at that BPM. My knees and legs still feel fine after, so I’m hoping that I am officially on the mend from doing whatever it is I did to get the knees all bothered. I’ll do another 5K on Friday to round out the week, with the river or the lake being determined by what my knees tell me.

A bonus shot of some flowers blossoming along the river:

Stats:

Run 774
Average pace: 5:45/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CW)
Start: 11:07 a.m.
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 28:48
Weather: Light showers, cloudy
Temp: 10ºC
Humidity: 83%
Wind: low
BPM: 150
Weight: 167.5
Total distance to date: 5755 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (427 km)

Run 773: Limbs, attached and otherwise

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run.

The weather was slightly warmer today, but with the sun tucked behind the clouds, it still felt a bit chilly, so two layers did not feel over-dressed.

I opted to do a regular 5K around the lake and walk the rest of the way out–what I had planned to do on my aborted Friday run.

It went well, for the most part. Again, I did not feel any real stiffness while running, but tried to keep my pace reasonable. I mostly did this, though was faster than last Wednesday. My legs did start feeling stiff post-run, but strangely, around the last km or so the stiffness suddenly started dissipating, as if the muscles were magically starting to limber up.

If I had to guess, I’d say I should be able to run on Wednesday. The Forerunner classified today’s run as “strained”, like it knew something was up!

As for limbs, while mine remained intact, there’s a tree just before the second boardwalk (when heading clockwise) that has a very big branch that has been leaning more and more precariously over the trail. I already had to swing over to the left to avoid bonking my head on it (I prefer not to duck ‘n run if I can help it). Today, that branch is gone! It has been sent to tree heaven courtesy a parks worker and their chainsaw.

Overall, I didn’t feel bad, though obviously the shorter and more intermittent runs of late mean I’m not exactly at peak performance right now. I’m content to slowly build back up as the weather (hopefully) improves.

I’m undecided on Wednesday. I will probably wait to see how I feel that morning.

Bonus view of Still Creek, post-run:

Stats:

Run 773
Average pace: 5:45/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CW)
Start: 11:43 a.m.
Distance: 5.04 km
Time: 28:59
Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 9-10ºC
Humidity: 87%
Wind: low
BPM: 153
Weight: 165.8
Total distance to date: 5750 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (422 km)

Run 772: Trail mix

UPDATE, April 20: The muscles and tendons around the knees were feeling stiff post-run and it probably didn't help that I walked to the store after instead of just resting. Today (the 20th) the stiffness is easing, and I have applied some Voltaren for the first time to help my legs feel better and sexier. I am still planning for a run on Friday (tomorrow). We'll see how that goes!

After giving myself some extra time to rest and recovery, I went out for another short-loop 5K run at the lake today.

I started out a bit too fast, as per usual, but managed to dial it down sooner than on previous runs, which helped keep the pace a little more moderate. My overall BPM was actually slightly higher than the last run at 152, but that’s more a reflection of the significantly cooler weather and higher peaks.

Speaking of weather, the last run was gloriously sunny and mild. Today it was unseasonably cool, cloudy and breezy. But at least it didn’t rain!

I ran an oddball route, starting from the Jiffy John™ and going past the 3K marker, down to Phillips Point, then skipping all three side trails on the way back. Just for variety, really. There were more people out than I expected, but it was lunch hour, too.

I feel that wearing two layers was the right call, but I may have been okay with just one. Maybe.

As for the knees, they held up fine. I felt a bit creaky at the start, but that was just from having extra days off, the knees never hurt at all during the run.

My plan for Friday is to do another 5K, but to go halfway around the lake and walk the rest of the way out, then back to 10K runs next week.

Stay tuned to see if my body remains intact!

Stats:

Run 772
Average pace: 5:49/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CCW)
Start: 12:52 p.m.
Distance: 5.04 km
Time: 29:16
Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 7ºC
Humidity: 72%
Wind: low to moderate
BPM: 152
Weight: 164.8
Total distance to date: 5745 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (417 km)

Run 771: Easy knees-y

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run

After my last tw0 10K runs, I noticed the muscles around my knees were feeling stiff. I actually felt fine during each run, but there was some lingering stiffness in both legs for days after. I did the suggested workout on Monday, skipped Wednesday’s run, then did a 5K today to see how it would go.

I aimed for a BPM of 150 to make sure the pace was slower (averaged 151) and for the first km, came in at 5:37/km, which is not slow. I managed to get more on track after that.

And with the later afternoon start, some sun and mild temperatures, conditions were quite pleasant. The knees actually felt fine during the run and while I could feel some stiffness in the walk after (more so in the right knee than the left), they actually don’t feel any worse than before. I think as long as I don’t overdo it, they will be okay. I’ll try some massages and cold/hot compression between runs and see how that helps, too.

Overall, I am encouraged, because I have only ever had knee issues with running once before, so it’s not a normal thing at all.

After I hit the turnaround point at 3 km, I debated briefly about going on and finishing the 5K halfway around the lake, which would also necessitate a 5K walk around the rest of the lake. This would not be taking it easy in any way. Sense prevailed, and I turned back at the 3.13 km mark. It does speak to how I felt fine, though.

I also wore a single layer, which was plenty. We are getting close to t-shirt weather. Gotta work on that farmer’s tan!

Stats:

Run 771
Average pace: 5:41/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CW, then CCW)
Start: 1:46 p.m.
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 28:36
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 13ºC
Humidity: 67%
Wind: low
BPM: 151
Weight: 164.8
Total distance to date: 5740 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (412 km)

Run 770: Daily suggested workout

Brunette River, post-run.

Today’s stats look a little weird because today’s run was a little weird.

The Garmin Forerunner 255 has a “Daily Suggested Workout” feature you can toggle on, and it does just what it says–it gives you a suggested workout, taking into account your current condition/recovery state and the like.

I decided instead of my usual 10K to do whatever it suggested. It suggested this:

  • 4x 8-minute runs, 6:00 min/km pace
  • 4x 3-minute recovery segments, 8:00 min/km pace
  • 1x 10-minute cooldown run, 7:00 min/km pace1Note: The recovery and cooldown paces may be slightly off because my mind was sufficiently traumatized by them, as will be explained below.

All of the above are at paces below what I normally run at. As an example, my Friday 10K run had an average pace of 5:41/km, so stepping that down to 6:00/km was surprisingly difficult. The watch constantly told me I was going too fast. It took most of the first segment to finally find something in the acceptable range.

For the 3-minute segments, I had to adopt a weird, very brisk walking pace, because any kind of running was too fast. For the cooldown at the end, I was able to run. In fact, I had to run, but only just barely. I felt like a horse trotting down the trail, but this was probably where the watch yelled at me the least.

You get a performance score at the end and it’s based on not how fast you move, but how much time you spent in the range for each segment. I got a 75/100, which is considered Good.

For the actual being outdoors part, the weather was fine–cloudy, but calm. Because it’s a holiday the trail was packed full of people, dogs and bikes, but everyone was well-behaved.

The tendons around my knees were straining a bit for the start, but felt fine after warming up. I think they’ll be okay, but may ice them a bit to keep down any potential swelling. There’s no pain, just some stiffness.

Tomorrow I would not normally run, but I’ll see what the daily suggested workout is and figure out if I want to do it or not.

Overall, it was a strange experience. My BPM was slightly higher than Friday at 154, but I think that was actually stress in trying to stay within the range of each segment. Physically, the run was no big deal, but I don’t think I’ve ever had to use my brain so much.

I’m counting this as a 10K run because it was close enough, plus I walked to and from the river trail. Also, I get to make the rules here!

Stats:

Run 770
Average pace: 6:27/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Start: 9:50 a.m.
Distance: 9.48 km
Time: 1:01:11
Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 7ºC
Humidity: 97%
Wind: low
BPM: 154
Weight: 164.6
Total distance to date: 5735 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (407 km)

Run 769: Skunk cabbage ahoy!

View from Cariboo Dam, post-run.

The original title of this post was going to be April showers, but it stopped raining about two km in. The sun even threatened to come out, but it was only a threat.

The skunk cabbage is now at the stage where it earns its moniker. It’s not terrible, but when you move past a large clump of them, you definitely notice the odour. At least I was running.

My goal today was to do a more casual run, to just take it easy. I kind of broke my own promise on that. I did start a little bit slower, but then went on to finish with a pace very close to Monday’s.

It was busier than I expected, too, especially given the weather, though it was a stat holiday (Good Friday). A lot of people were running, many of them overdressed. I almost felt overdressed wearing two layers up top.

I did have one minor complication in the final km when my left hip started feeling a bit wacky, but it worked itself fairly quickly and did not affect my pace.

I had to dodge a few puddles, but it wasn’t that bad, and when I stopped to tie my right lace just short of the 5K mark, I noticed someone running ahead of me–the spitfire! In all the years I’ve seen her running, I have never actually been behind her. I kept pace past the fields and down the Cottonwood Trail, but once the trail started getting windy, I lost sight of her, as she had enough distance on me. She was also pulling away a bit near the end because I tend to go into cruise control on the Cottonwood Trail, and she apparently does not.

I did not see her at the end, which made me very slightly sad.

Overall, it was a fine run, even if I did break my own promise on how to run it.

Oh, and another sign of spring: They finally unlocked the fountain. Yay! The water was very cold and delicious.

Stats:

Run 769
Average pace: 5:41/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CW)
Start: 11:00 a.m.
Distance: 10:03 km
Time: 57:04
Weather: Showers and cloudy
Temp: 8ºC
Humidity: 92%
Wind: low
BPM: 153
Weight: 164.8
Total distance to date: 5725 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (397 km)

Run 768: Peppy and slightly different

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run.

The forecast today was Mostly Sunny but for the first 4 km of the run it was Completely Cloudy and a bit on the chilly side. Then it did clear up and the forecast became accurate. The difference in how warm it felt was remarkable, even if the temperature didn’t actually change much. I’m still glad I wore two layers.

As a slight change of pace, I decided to skip the Piper Mill Trail, partly because I started well back of the 0K marker and really, just to be a different.

I established a good pace early and managed to maintain it throughout, even in parts where I’d normally flag a bit. My BPM was going into the mid-150s, but today I was okay with that. My overall BPM ended up being a perfectly fine 153 and my pace of 5:39/km is my best 10K performance since I started running 10Ks again last year1Actually, I also hit 5:39/km on Feb. 8th, but that was running clockwise, or the “easy” way around the lake..

No issues at all, really, and I even set up a playlist, so the music wouldn’t abruptly end with 2 km left.

There were perhaps more people on the trail than expected, but I had no problems with navigating around them, and even the trail itself is in better shape, with some of the sunken bits patched up and all the stabby branches now pruned away, at least until the next big storm hits.

This was also my first run after ditching the Apple Watch, and it was nice to just go out instead of fiddling with a watch on each wrist.

Overall, I am quite pleased.

Stats:

Run 768
Average pace: 5:39/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CCW)
Start: 11:34 a.m.
Distance: 10:04 km
Time: 56:48
Weather: Cloud and sun mix
Temp: 7ºC
Humidity: 61%
Wind: low to moderate
BPM: 153
Weight: 164
Total distance to date: 5715 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: Saucony Peregrine 12 (387 km)