April 27, 2005
Yesterday was my first track workout since the marathon. We did 1200s, which in my naive opinion would've been swell pre-marathon but seemed a little questionable a week post-marathon. But I'm not a coach and my scheduled workout was a little lighter than usual anyway, so oh well. Goal time was 4:55 but I ended up averaging 4:48. I'm still not quite able to run with any of the groups so I ran alone.
I always delude myself that the coach sets goal times based on some mystical knowledge of my current fitness, and whatever pace I set out running will magically be that pace. WRONG. He sets those goals sometimes 9 weeks in advance, and they're usually in the ballpark but sometimes in the outfield, and I never "naturally" hit the right pace. I am a lousy judge of pace, worst I ever saw.
This evening saw me back in the gym for the first time in a while. The gym was celebrating its 1st anniversary so there was a mob, lots of junk food and even an acoustic duo playing youngboy emo, ish. Partly because I wasn't in a party mood, I kept it short and easy - 20 minutes stairmaster and a measly 10 minutes elliptical.
I feel really good, and because of that I'm afraid I'll do too much and get injured like I did last year.
Which leads to...like Alison, I also feel a little directionless lately. I've picked a fall marathon but I don't feel like I really have a good plan to get there. I wonder about training plans that involve periodization. We don't really do that in our running club; I think the philosophy is to be ready for a marathon anytime an interesting one comes along. This works very well for the really talented people in the club, but probably anything would work for really talented people. I've had reasonable luck doing this for 2 years, but I wonder if there's a way I could do better.
Posted by joe positive at April 27, 2005 9:03 PM