7.47 miles at 9:30 on Tuesday morning. I incorporated 6 x 100s as per my Pfitzinger schedule. I finished in 1 hour and 1 minute exactly, an 8:10 pace. Yesterday, I ran 10 miles with 4 x 1200 at a 5k pace. Again, since I don't have a Garmin or similar gadget, I run my speed work by effort.
The most difficult part of yesterday's run was the first couple of miles. For the past few years, I sometimes experience stiffness in my toes during my runs. It usually works itself out after a couple of minutes. Yesterday, the toes in my left foot would not relax for almost twenty minutes. It was borderline crippling. Thank God the kinks worked themselves out, but I probably would have had to cut the run short if they didn't. I posted about this issue on Runner's World's Ask An Expert forum. The expert, Bud Coates, a 2:13 marathoner and former Olympic trials competitor, suggested arthritis. What the?? My mother has arthritis! I am too young to be plagued with an old person's ailment. (Actually, now that I think about it, my mother started complaining about her arthritis in her early 40s... whatever....) I, obviously, chalked Mr. Coates up as being a wacko. He knows nothing about my dainty, youthful toes.
(Do they still make Geritol? Just asking...for a friend.)