I couldn't believe how stiff and sore my legs became as yesterday wore on. Especially my right quad and shin. I gave them a bit of a rub before bed and set the clock for 5:30 without much hope of achieving a decent run.
I managed to get up and fought off contra-thoughts like "let's just do 5 km now and maybe another 5k later" and headed off on my normal Tuesday route. Every step on my right leg brought pain, but it was bearable and my pace was close to normal. In the end I did a normal 14-km Tuesday run at only one minute slower than last week. My heart rate was a little bit high on the third lap of Komazawa, but basically it was OK. This was a good sign for my motivation. I think things are looking up if I can just get some more consistency now into my running. I definitely have to bring in a 5-8k recovery run on Thursday and no more missing Saturdays.
* DOMS = delayed onset muscle soreness and is regarded as being a result of micro-tears in muscles resulting from over-exertion.