March 13, 2005
5 weeks out
It's been a very busy week. In my job I'm switching from being in charge of 3 dozen little things to working on one very big thing. I think this will be good, ultimately, but any kind of change can throw things a little out of whack. My big hope is that I can keep going with the training I've got left before Boston, without 1) getting sick, 2) getting injured, 3) losing my mind.
This week was sort of a cutback in intensity if not in miles. I've continued to include lots and lots of goofy little hills (goofy because 'round here we really don't have any hills; these are lumps) every day, but most of my daily runs have been in the 9:20 pace range. Friday was the worst yet - 5 miles at 10:22 pace, yikes - but everything got better in Saturday's 15k. It was a PR (1:04:54) not only for 15k but for 10k too, whatta bonus. Granted my 10k PR is really soft, but anyway...I was really happy to run sub-7 for 15k. The best part is I'm not particularly sore or beat up from it, and was able to do a medium-long run with club people this morning.
Tomorrow: 7 miles at some very slow pace in my go-slow shoes, then work work work work, then a massage I don't really need after all.
The next 3 Sundays are 22, 23, and 20 miles respectively, and I consider them to be the most important days in the whole next 5 weeks. My new work stuff involves a fair amount of Saturday-night work; it's not physical stuff at all but means staying up late waiting for some process to finish. I hope I can get those long runs in, and get 'em with my club friends. If I have to run those alone they'll be in the 9:30 pace range, much slower than I want. Maybe I need to push myself more when I run alone.
Posted by joe positive at March 13, 2005 5:20 PM
Congrats on the new 10 and 15k PRs. It's quite an accomplishment to PR and not feel too beat up afterward! Stay healthy!!
Posted by: Blondie at March 14, 2005 8:16 PM