Just got back from a good run.
Earlier today, I went on a bike ride (16 mi) with my family. It was a nice day, and we cruised on to Furman University, looped around the lake, and came back (with 2 stops). We have 2 full-sized folding bikes, 1 fun-sized folding bike (which I rode, since it has small wheels), and 1 normal bike, all crammed into our van. It wasn't exactly a workout, but I enjoy active ways of spending time with people. I spend enough time sitting at a desk. Getting together to eat as a way of hanging out... not my style. Every now and then is fine, but not every time. I need my blood flowing.
The biking left my lower legs feeling used, since the angles on the kid-sized bike were different from what I'm used to. I didn't think I could manage a run safely, especially with sore ankles, but having two weeks of super low mileage (7, 8) would be terrible. So I had to get some in... I felt good enough to try later in the night, so I went, and it was great. Sometimes, the thing you need to get rid of soreness is working it out. I feel so good now.
6.0 in 47:18, 7:53 ave. I would've gone to 6.2, but the fitness room was closing :( Ah well, at least I made it to 6.0. Progression run. Felt great. I think my ankles were also sore because of the minimalist A4's that I wore for the first time yesterday. I wore my newer 1224's (vs. my older 1224s) today, which have much more bulk. Minimalist running works different connective tissue and muscles than big-heeled running does. It's good to mix it up to keep everything stronger and ready for action, able to help when called upon in a big race.
Splits> 8:20, 803, 7:59, (25:10 5k), 7:45, 7:42, 7:26.
I rather enjoy running when my legs are sore and feeling used. I don't do it often, because usually, I'm scared of risking overtraining, but when I do go with it out of fear of low mileage or if there's just a great running op that I don't wanna miss, the run feels really good. It makes you stronger, too, since it paves the way for adaptations that you don't usually get.