Not a whole lot going on in the running scene for me. Just business as usual with the typical doubles and Tuesday/Saturday workouts. I have always trained for prolonged periods and then race only when I feel I am ready to race. That obviously didn’t workout so well this indoor season but it typically does work out very well. My next race won’t be until April 28, so the log will probably be a bit boring for a while.
Saturday was the Lincoln Tempo hilly loop, and, get this, just once. Having to only do the loop 1x made my day before we even started the warm-up. We had a skeleton crew of 5 Reebok Bostonites. Corporal Lutz was off at Marine Drill this weekend and Mark Coogan was attending his daughter’s soccer game in NJ so it was a solo effort for me. The goal pace was 5:05 for 4.6 which I figured I could do right on even though some miles are much tougher than others on this course.
4) 2:58 (.6 miles)
Felt very comfortable the whole way and tried for a 4:45 last mile. Slowed down the last 200m because I thought the pace was too fast for 4:45, slowed down a touch too much. I really enjoy the pace play and hope to improve on that part of my running this spring.
Saturday afternoon I did a 6 mile shakeout with Christy Mae and found a really nice single track trail in AREA 51 south.
Sunday was the first true Long Slow Day I have done in a while. 2:07:46 for about 19 miles I would guess. Did the first 74 minutes with Christy in a nice easy 7:00ish pace and then I did the last 50 minutes solo. Started out in Memorial forest up towards Area 51 then doubled back through Sudbury state park. Then I did Memorial Forest solo out through Bruen Military Base. I don’t think they like me there because of the looks I get but it is a public way now so they just have to get over it.
I set a new PR on Saturday for the price to fill up a tank of gas. It cost me $41.32 to fill up my little 4 banger turbo with 14.7 gallons of gas. The engine is high compression so I put in the high octane gas which is about and extra 2:60 a fill-up. I only have a 14 gallon tank so you can tell how long I waited to fill that guy up hoping for a gas price change. Probably not a good idea to rely on fuel in the line. Anyway, this is going to be ride/run to work week because I can’t afford to drive anymore, even though it is only 5 miles.
BC lost its bid to become NCAA champs in hockey against a strong cheese team from Wisconsin. They came with in mm of tying the score with 12 seconds left and an empty net but could not finish off the scrum. My sister went to BC and I therefore chreer for them because we used to have a blast at hockey, basketball, and football games. Except for when they are competing against UMASS, then BC has to go down!