|Banook in Mist (Sesshu 1420-1506)|
Woke up yesterday to thick fog – so thick you could see the granules of moisture floating in the air. Forecast said it might rain in the afternoon, so I laced up for a morning recovery run. I’ve got a 10k route that winds through Sullivan’s Pond, along the Lake Banook boardwalk, along the Shubie trail by Lake Micmac, around a wee loop and back. The conditions were amazing.
It’s that time of year again: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and marathons (can you picture Keats cranking out mile 26 in a frilly shirt?). The fog was obscuring everything – casting its veil of unfamiliarity over a running route I’ve done hundreds of times. I couldn’t see the far shore of Banook –as I ran the boardwalk, a canoeist emerged from the void. I’m a sucker for the Canadian aesthetic – flawless paddle stroke on a silent, foggy lake – the boat’s V wake vanishing into the mist.
With all the moisture in the air, the night spider webs were heavy with water beads. Along the Shubie trail there were hundreds or normally hidden webs revealed in the tall grass. I couldn’t help but thinking how much flying insects must love the fog – while it obscures the landscape, it reveals fatal dangers for them. I can’t imagine life is easy for flying insects generally – nice for them to get an easy day.
And I was having an easy day too – after punishing myself with an overly quick threshold run on Wed, I needed to make sure my recovery was not too fast. I tend to run my recoveries needlessly quick. I read once that the best way to make sure you run slowly on recoveries is to make your workouts especially difficult – that way you’ll be so broken on off days that you won’t be able to do anything but run slowly. I must admit, I’m both attracted to and repulsed by this kind of bravado – but it served me well yesterday... my recovery run was barely faster than 5:00/k – a great pace for recovery (for me). I doubt, however, that continuous flogging in workouts will become a training method for me – I’m not 20 anymore; I don’t recover quickly. And I don’t have the discipline (or fanaticism) to push that hard in every workout!
I’ll take today off – let the micro tears knit themselves – and then crank ‘er up again tomorrow.