I was planning to maybe run around the Teotihuacan Pyramids outside of Mexico City, but the driver ended up being a personal tour guide, which was great. He was able to tell me about the history and the culture, and it was just fun to be with him. He has 3 daughters about my age, so he knew just how to make the day special.
For lunch, I went to the Restaurante la Gruta (Grotto)... which is in a cave. Pretty special.
My left upper shin felt stress fractury today... like maybe the beginnings of it. It would hit when I heel-struck (vs. landing on my toes), or sometimes if I'm just extending my lower leg. I ran later, though, and I didn't feel it during the run. I'd expect that if it was a SF, it would've been felt most of all during the run. Let's hope! I wonder if it was the Insanity workout I did yesterday that pushed whatever over the edge.
Got in a real run at the hotel gym. 1.4 mi of altitude, vs. 1.65. Feels like it makes a big difference. It could be adaptation, maybe. As a result, an altitude distance PR - 5 mi. I would've gone for 6.2, but my right hip was a little off - nothing chronic - probably a result of going up and down steep steps today.
The run was nice and felt a lot easier than the other ones. 10pm, wearing the Nike Equalon. After training in such heavy shoes, I'll fly in the Kinvaras.
5.0 in 43:14, 8:39 ave. A decent time, too!
Splits> 8:54, 8:51, 8:40, 8:30, 8:19. Good to see.
Oh yeah, yesterday morning, I did the Insanity Fit Test 2 (2 weeks late, since I'm 2 weeks behind on the DVDs). Improved in some areas, did less in others, but overall, I think there's been a gain. Part of the improvement comes from understanding the exercises mentally, part of it comes from unconscious muscle memory... neurological I suppose, and part of it is just the physiological changes.
Results (previous result in parentheses):
Switch kicks - 78 (75) - :)
Power jacks - 65 (55) - :) :)
Power knees - 106 (97) - :)
Power jump - 79 (56) - :) :) :)
Globe jumps - 13 (14) - :(
Suicide jacks - 27 (25) - :(
Push-up jacks - 33 (33)
Low plank obliques - 40 (56) - :( :( :(
It's interesting that the second half is whe I started doing worse. I wonder if I over-extended myself on the power jumps, or if the altitude caught up with me.
Flying home tonight. Then, work at night to do stuff I need to do for next week. aaaaah..