jkaiser - Based on my reading, it seems that stretching has its own places and benefits but may be overrated and could be done wrong and damage. Hope your hammy gets better soon.
Julie - you are really kicking everybody's arse! Way To Go!
Geo - I like the even #'s!! 100mile/wk, boy that is impressive!
Thor - so you live pretty close to LRR now? and to the group run meeting spot? That's fantastic!
6.5mile under 30F temp. Speed day, with 6x800m w/400 recovery. First time in this training cycle doing the speed work at an outside track. I was nervous, because I have been running pretty slow (10.5min/m is a labor sometimes), and I have been doing this workout on TM at 0% grade. Well, to my surprise, running circle felt easier than on TM. 3:55/800m was the target, but ended up 3:44-3:46-3:49-3:46-3:47-3:48. The beauty of running on track is you control the speed to how you are supposed to feel at that pace. I don't have GPS so until I hit 200m/400m mark I don't know exactly how fast I am running. As this workout progresses, however, I tuned in really well and felt great to run right at the comfortably hard pace. Another surprise is that 400m recovery. During the previous workouts on TM, it took me about 3.5min to slow-jog to cover 400m to recover. This time, less than 3min. I like the fact TM is not controlling the speed but how I feel is dictating the recovery jog speed. Having said all this, however, I don't usually have an issue with speed work. My weak point is still endurance. Anyway, I made to the no-running Wed!!!
Barre class later. At least I have more than a few hours to recover. Hopefully no cramp, no losing balance!