December 11, 2005
This week has been good for running, bad for blogging, up-and-down for career choices and whatnot. Basically, I've been busy either running, sleeping, or working, leaving no time for band practice, holiday parties, or blogging. But it's OK.
This week I ran mostly easy (way easy, as in 9s) most of the time except for track on Tuesday and a couple hard miles Thursday. Tuesday's workout was 10x400 with 100 rest, with a goal of 90s and an actual average of 88s, whoohoo. My coach says that the short rests help give a tempo-like spin to the workout, and I suppose if I hadn't walked 20 - 50m of most of the rests that would've been the case for me Tuesday. Thursday was an easy 7, then 2 miles in 6:41, 6:39.
This morning I ran a half-marathon that happens to be the race in which I PR'd two years ago. Since then I've run 4 halfs ranging from mediocre to crappy, so I really wanted to do well today, even more than I let on. Before the start I ran into a woman I know, a really strong masters runner who, it turned out, wanted to break 90 minutes too (I think she's way capable of better than that, but...). My husband was going to pace me as long as he could - mainly to keep me from going out too fast - and so he and Kris and I ended up all running 6:50somethings together until mile 8, when Mike dropped back. I stayed with Kris a couple more miles but by 10 was really starting to fade, but she encouraged me to stay with her, which I thought was a really nice thing. We ran together until about a quarter-mile from the finish, when she pulled a few seconds ahead of me and I didn't follow. I thought we had sub-90 in the bag, and even though she and I are both masters I felt I owed her for pulling me through the bad patch. Turns out neither of us got the sub-90; Kris got 1:30:15 and 1st masters. and I got 1:30:25 and 2nd masters. Considering my PR was 1:38:33 until today, that's OK by me.
Posted by joe positive at December 11, 2005 3:50 PM
Posted by: Alison at December 12, 2005 8:41 AM
Nice job! Big PR!
Posted by: Caitlin at December 12, 2005 6:36 PM