Today I had a “Tempo Run” thrown into my training plan [PDF]. This basically is a 1 mile warm up at an easy pace. Then you run your required distance at “almost race pace” which is followed by a 1 mile cool down. I was supposed to do 3.5 miles today but had to cut it short due to an appointment and the fact that I woke up 1 hour late. Not sure what happened this morning for that to take place.
I ended up with a great pace for a 3 mile run. Just a bit faster than my workout called for. 9:07 per mile was the prescribed time and I ran it in 9:03.
When I got home I needed to do several things quickly. Since I only had 25 minutes to cool off, eat breakfast, take a shower and enjoy a cup of coffee (not necessarily in that order), I had to combine some of my activities.
Breakfast was ready for me when I walked in the door (my wife is awesome about that). Since said wife does not like sweat puddles under the table, I decided to take my food out to the back porch and eat it there. While consuming a wonderful omelet with a few veggies and avocados, I started eying the pool as a great place to cool off.
In no time I was in the pool enjoying breakfast and cooling off so that within an hour of my shower I should be able to stop sweating. I often will spend time in the pool after a run. I can’t say I am swimming since my daughter will insist on getting in. But if I tell her I am cleaning the pool, she is cool with that. And, I almost always do give it a good skimming.
I don’t know if the pool time really helps me get my core temp down since the water is not that cold. But, it certainly does not hurt.
The only thing I missed on the list of post-run necessities is a massage. But, I guess the necessity of that could be argued.