May 3, 2009
darn, it worked
A few weeks ago, on Patriot Day, I got an inexplicable urge to post something to this blog. But alas, the server was down or something, and by the time running-blogs.com was available again, the urge had subsided. Today I decided that, urged or not, I need to update this thing. But in my laziness I was kind of hoping the site would be down again. And, as you can see, it's not.
I am two weeks out from the marathon I've been training for (Cleveland). I feel pretty good, apart from tiny imaginary aches I started noticing yesterday when I realized I was two weeks out from the race. Training this time has included regular, scheduled xtraining and has not included quite the mileage I'm used to, but I started fresh out of the walking boot so we had to take that into account. I'm not in PR shape, but I'm not all that far out of PR shape either, and I'm pretty sure I can still improve if I train right and stay uninjured. Considering all the bench time I logged last year, I'm pretty happy.
Yesterday I ran a 5k just for the hell of it. I haven't been doing any speedwork outside of tempo and MP stuff, so I wasn't sure I could manage even the 6:40 pace my coach suggested. Surprise, surprise, surprise, I ran 6:31/6:32/6:33/5:49 (.1), and passed people all the way to 3.05 miles. Neither of which ever happen to me in 5ks - for me, they are usually 30s of sheer panic followed by 19 or 20 minutes fervently wishing for death. Coach has really emphasized patience, and it's paying off. I hope that in two weeks I'll have the legs to run the pace, and the patience not to screw it all up.
Posted by joe positive at May 3, 2009 10:12 AM
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