June 7, 2008
here it is tomorrow
I've been so busy for so long that posting has become something that I'll do tomorrow, always tomorrow, not now, no time. This week things have changed once again, and suddenly I have a beautiful balance between having to be places at certain times and getting to do tomorrow-type things right here, today. Let's see how long this lasts :-)
Training week was won as follows:
Su: 6mi (9:39), yup
M: 13mi (8:53), meant to be a progression run but I stopped progressing at about mile 7
T: AM 4mi (9:15), PM 5.71mi incl 4x400 (descending rests), 1xmile, 4x400 (desc rests again)
W: 7mi (9:22)
R: 7.5mi (8:46), tiny little hills
F: 5mi (8:53) incl 6x100m strides 5th mile
Sa: 7.25mi incl 5k race (20:18, 3rd girl, 1st masters girl)
total: 55.6 miles running, 0 bike, 2 band practices, work, chores, and errands
You'll notice my recovery runs are still damn slow. But this entry from Bridget's blog makes me think I want to keep it this way for a while.
At Tuesday's track workout I hung with the same group I ran with last week. Our goals were 99 and 7min for the 400s and the mile, respectively. Despite the late-afternoon heat, those paces felt pretty tempo-y to me (rather than the 5k-ish hell I've come to associate with track) and I completed the workout hot and sweaty, but just pleasantly tired, which was, well, pleasant. I love running when it's pleasant.
Around midweek the running-club coach emailed me a schedule, so the Pfitzinger plan and I will have to keep our friendship on the down low for a while. Before Dror did the schedule I gave him an idea of what I'd been doing the past month, what's worked for me in the past, etc. We agree that tempo and MP stuff are very good things, but we will have to agree to disagree on the question of mileage. He's graciously (and somewhat grudgingly) letting me stay between 60 and 70 mpw, but there are some challenging workouts ahead, and if I have to give up some mileage to hit the workouts, I will.
This morning I ran a 5k just, well, for no reason except to see where I'm at. After the injury and the recovery, and the very-little miles and the hardly-any speedwork, and given that my recovery pace is around 9:30, I thought a 6:45 pace would be a stretch - doable, maybe, but still a stretch. Instead I was pleasantly surprised with 20:18 (6:33p), though the course was maybe a little short (GPS measured 3.05mi). A year ago I would've cried with disappointment, but today anything under 21 was ok by me. I did succumb to the Joe Positive 5k Fade, but this time it was less than 10s/mile, whoohoo!
Somewhat running-related, but not strictly about me: if anyone's looking for yet another place to talk about running, and if you think letsrun is too juvenile and kickrunners is too nice and/or busy and anzeigen has too many people you don't know and runningahead is too outraged about coolrunning refugees and coolrunning is dead (it is), you can come to the running forum at chrunners.net and yakk away.
Posted by joe positive at June 7, 2008 12:20 PM
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Nice workouts! I hear you on the blogging. I have been a slacker too. In blogging and checking up on people. There are simply not enough hours in the day.
Thanks for the running forum link - I will check it out. Ironically, I went to kickrunners.com today (first running forum visit in quite some time) and I was just disappointed. It seems very disorganized and unappealing to me.
Posted by: mindi at June 8, 2008 9:40 PM