First and foremost, the workout. 5 x 600m w/2:15 recovery, hitting 1:44, 1:43, 1:42, 1:39, 1:39. Mark, Brad and I took turns leading each interval and were pretty much dead-on with the times we were aiming to hit. As usual, the track was rather crowded, but we managed to time our take-offs fairly well and avoided any major disasters. This was a good little workout to hype the system one last time before Saturday's race without taxing the legs too much.
Today's run was reserved for recovery, so I opted to traverse the same 10-mile loop as Monday and covered it in a relaxed 68 minutes. My legs themselves felt fine after last night's effort but my left ankle is quite sore from the tight turns of the indoor track. It still hasn't fully mended from Saturday's new sprain either, so I've been trying to give it some extra attention of late with a couple bags of ice and an occasional dose of ibuprofen. While that bastard will never be 100% - ever - but I do what I can to keep it functioning somewhat normally.
Along these same lines, keeping with the above theme of recovery, and ending this entry at the same time, I bring to you the following quote by Sarah Schwald from a recent interview with Scott Douglas:
A lot of Americans don’t recover properly. Now I know that there’s a value to all components of your training, and that all the little things are just as important as working hard. But we’re brought up with this philosophy that as long as you work harder than your competitors, you’ll be better than them. That’s not an attitude that keeps you healthy.