Run 808: Feeling the day off

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run

I took Wednesday off from running, because I had a lot of other stuff to do, and I wanted to give my legs more recovery time between runs. This meant I would have three days off between runs.

To make it easier on myself today, I ran clockwise (I am actually alternating now, but let’s pretend), which is the “easier” direction. It was slightly warmer than Monday, but humidity was also lower. Conditions were generally better. My weight was also down. All conditions good!

And yet! My pace was a bit slower (5:50 vs. 5:45) and my BPM was higher (157 vs 148). How does this happen? The body is a mysterious thing.

I actually felt fairly good while running, though. The lower humidity meant little sweating, but it was still high enough that dry mouth was not an issue. The knees behaved, and the left hip was again feeling muted. Given the higher BPM, though, I opted to not try pressing on beyond 5K. Maybe next week!

Incident-wise, there were none. For a Friday, it seemed slightly less busy than usual. Maybe I got through just before the crowds arrived. In any event, despite the higher BPM and slightly slower pace, I feel this was a pretty good run, and I had plenty of stamina left over afterwards.

Post-run, I saw a bunch of labels hanging on various plants and trees along the Piper Mill Trail. Mysterious, yet educational! (Some school outing, I imagine.)


Run 808
Average pace: 5:50/km
Training status: Maintaining
Location: Burnaby Lake (CW)
Start: 10:12 a.m.
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 29:22
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 19-20ºC
Humidity: 57-53%
Wind: light
BPM: 157
Weight: 165.8
Total distance to date: 5920 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: HOKA Speedgoat 5 (55/108/163 km)

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