I had a good run today. I had a 9:30 appointment with my orthopedist — who says things are going well with the bones well-healed and the sole issue being range-of-motion — so I had time to head down to the B’ville Track for a tempo run.

Last Tuesday’s tempo run did not go well. It was my first bit of speedwork on the treadmill. I set it for 6 min. pace. The first minute was disconcerting, but even after I became accustomed to that type of run on the treadmill, it was a strain. So it ended at 10 minutes.

Today was difficult for the first few laps. How many of these can I do? The plan was 20 minutes. But after a too-fast 1st 402 (it’s a weird track) at 83 I settled in. From there, it was a strain, yes, but I was able to get relaxed and run consistent 89-92 laps. So my 20 minutes for 13.25 laps or so.

When I’m in better speed-shape, I can do them a little quicker and do 2 sets of 20 mins., with a 4 minute rest between, in flats (today’s were trainers). So I have a way to go. But this was: Result: happiness.

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