Run 809: A zippy birthday run

View from Cariboo Dam, pre-run

I deliberately skipped Monday’s run in order to run today–my birthday! I didn’t feel right about taking the day off and just lazing around eating goldfish crackers.

I was a bit concerned heading out, as my sleep score was a dismal 38/100 (Poor) and the Garmin summary advised “Non-restorative. You slept long enough, but not well enough to bring your stress levels down overnight. You might feel higher stress or fatigue today.” Fatigue before I even start running? Yikes.

As it turned out, though, I had one of my best runs of the summer, with only three days of summer left! How did such witchery happen? Part of it was likely due to conditions: It was only 13C when heading out, with higher humidity and plenty of clouds. Although the humidity could have been lower (there was sweating involved), the overall conditions were conducive to a good run.

My main goal was to maintain a consistent pace. I wasn’t concerned about speed pr BPM, as long as both were reasonable. My overall BPM was the same as Friday, at 157, but weirdly, despite running the “harder” counter-clockwise route, I was much faster, coming in at a brisk 5:41/km, my best pace of the summer. Yowza1Amusingly, the spell checker suggested using “Yoda” here instead!

In fact, my final km clocked in at 5:28/km! Yoda2See previous footnote!

The left knee, especially the tendon on the right side, did feel a bit stiff on the walk along the river trail, but both knees don’t feel bad as I type this now.

Overall, I am pleased with how the run turned out. Not too bad for a freshly-minted 59-year-old. :P

Moody-looking Still Creek, post-run


Run 809
Average pace: 5:41/km
Training status: Maintaining
Location: Burnaby Lake (CCW)
Start: 10:28 a.m.
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 28:37
Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 13-14ºC
Humidity: 78%
Wind: light
BPM: 157
Weight: 165.8
Total distance to date: 5925 km
Devices: Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, iPhone 12, AirPods (3rd generation)
Shoes: HOKA Speedgoat 5 (60/121/181 km)

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