AM- 7.5 miles in 1 hour, half of it with Paul. No pain in the quads.
PM- Umm, so I did something that I'm hoping my achilles won't make me regret. After work, I drove to the start of WBR to cheer for some friends starting at 5 pm. I changed into my running clothes and planned to do a short run from there. But, I saw a crowd cheering a girl running up a steep incline on a treadmill. Ends up NordicTrack is trying to show off their new $1600 incline climber (Incline Trainer X3) by seeing who could climb the highest in 20 min with the machine set at 30 percent minimum grade. I knew my achilles might hate me, but I signed up. The men's record for the day was set early in the morning and was 1250 feet elevation climb.
I started chugging at 30 percent and about 3 mph (with a waterfall of sweat dripping off my chin- sorry, guys) and eventually finished with 1366 feet for a new record. I even tried running at 4.5 mph towards the end, but that was tough. I was so light headed when I finished that I had to lay down on the grass to not pass out. Hard, hard workout with my calves burning- yeah, I'm counting it for 3 MP miles, it was that hard. I got a nice red tech shirt for participating. I'll put in my plug that the machine was very, very nice for training uphills- smooth, powerful, a bit of bounce to cushion your legs. I think the belt is too short for flat running, though.
After, ran with Marci and the kids to Summerfest and back. Met a 78-year old there who runs 7 miles every morning at 8:30 pace- now that's impressive. He seemed very spry and happy.