January 27, 2008
first and foremost:
M: 80min (8:27)
T: 60min (8:42)
W: 70min (8:11)
R: 9.5mi incl 4 tempo , 4x[150m hill @80%]
F: 60min (8:39)
Sa: 70min (8:21)
Su: 13mi (7:43), solo
total: 62.8 miles running, plus core-strength and leg-strength stuff, between 5-25 min/day.
Thursday's tinman tempo portion went 7:06, 03, 6:59, 7:08. I was trying for 7:07, so I guess this wasn't too far off. The hill repeats were done around 6:17 pace. My very-fast club friend has a broken sesamoid, so she bailed on today's run and I just ran alone in the neighborhood. The plan was to run a few miles easy, then the rest around 7:50, so I was very pleased to end up with 7:43 pace for the whole thing. And with no company, even.
For most of the week I battled (and stretched, and massaged, and iced, and denied) shin splints which I attribute in retrospect to a certain pair of shoes, which I have now put away for a while. I also got a shinsplint-specific massage, which helped no end. Apart from the shin splints, my legs are starting to feel pretty good. I am relieved.
The big news - if you can call it that - is I've decided to run the Rite Aid Cleveland marathon instead of Bayshore. The decision was part whimsical (a brochure arrived, unsolicited, in Tuesday's mail, and I thought "hmmm....") and part practical - it will cost less to get to Cleveland and stay there than it would to run a race in Traverse City. I checked with some people familiar with Cleveland and the race, and got descriptions ranging from "no hills to speak of, and it's awesome" to "well, there are a couple of hills, and it could be windy in spots, but it's fun." Coach seemed to like it, so that settled it for me. It's only a week before Bayshore, so my training will be about the same.
I just watched the ESPN coverage of the Reebok Indoor Games and it just blew me away, "it" meaning Mottram and Defar and Kim Smith. Just blew me completely away.
Posted by joe positive at January 27, 2008 3:57 PM
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I think Cleveland actually pays people to stay in it :). You and Salty can go do shake-out runs in the Hustler Parking Lots :0.
Posted by: tuscaloosarunner at January 28, 2008 5:47 AM
Who the hell said it's awesome? I just want everyone to know it wasn't me. I am sane, contrary to popular belief :)
And Joseph, for the love of god! There is no hustler parking lot. They only have on street parking for your minivan.
Posted by: Salty at January 28, 2008 8:58 AM
I haven't been in town since the last time I ran Rite Aid in 2004. With news of you coming, I could be persuaded to stick around!
It's a fair course, but not entirely flat. The prevailing wind is from the west, so when you make the turn at the lake (in the 20th mile) probability is a headwind from 20-24. (Hint: if you have a friend, here is the place to meet them.)
One 1/4 mile uphill bump in the 24th mile, but all-in-all the hills are not horrible in this race. Hope for a cool and calm day.
Posted by: rootsrunner at January 28, 2008 10:57 PM
They sent me a brochure too! Hopefully this hard sell means they really cater to the runners they get to participate.
Posted by: chelle at February 1, 2008 8:43 PM