Hey guys- had another solid week of training and racing. I didn't quite hit what I wanted for mileage, but that's New England winters. . .you never know when the next ice storm is a-comin'.
Here's the log-
Monday- AM- 4 miles easy, icy roads.
PM- 10.5 easy, hilly course, partly with Pinkerton guys, strides.
Tuesday- AM- 10 miles hard hilly course, 58 minutes- started off a little over 18 minutes at 3 miles with some Keene teammates, got it down to about 5:30s. Felt like dogshit- it was freezing, hilly, and miserable.
PM- 2miles warmup, paced KK through a hill workout- 4x400 (73-75) 2 minutes rest, 1x800 2:49, 1x600 1:50. We do these on hilly loops by my high school- the 400s are about 7 seconds slower than a track, the 800s about 10, and the 600s somewhere in between. After the morning's hard work, I was dead tired for this one but I felt bad making KK work out in the ice alone.
Wednesday- 7 miles easy, ice storm. Bad roads. Also, I strained the ligaments in the top of my feet- they kill when I run downhill.
Thursday- 13 easy, hilly course, mildly progressive effort but no watch. Top of feet very, very sore.
Friday- 3+ easy. Longer than three, shorter than 4.
PM- 3+ warmup, 6x800 around the campus loop, 2:38, 2:30, 2:28, 2:29, 2:25, 2:22 with 400 jog rest. Brutal, brutal workout. It was single digits with the windchill, 20+mph winds, and I was by myself. This workout was much, much harder than last week's 3xmile. Running the equivalent effort indoors on a nice track I would be hitting 12 seconds faster at least for each 800. Had to wear bulky trainers because my feet were so swollen. 2 mile c/d.
Saturday- 12:00pm- Back at Keene, 5 miles easy with Geoff.
3:30pm: Colm, one of our freshmen, had no one to run with. 7 miles easy with him- 48:20 (he had a watch). Felt sluggish and slow.
Sunday- Dartmouth Relays! The biggest challenge of the meet was surviving the drive there through an unplowed highway and blizzard. Once we were there, 3 miles wu, 1-mile race for 2nd, 4:11.66, 3miles c/d. Then later, 2 miles w/u, 1xmile at perceived 3k effort (no splits) in 4:20.4 to anchor a DMR team. 3 miles c/d.
I was pretty happy about this race. I wasn't sure what to expect since the fastest work I've done in over a month has been a mile in 4:26 at the end of a workout. The race went out fast- a Canadian kid was out in 59 and 2:02; I got dragged through in 3rd place in 61 and 2:05. At 1000m, sensing the slowing pace, I got antsy and made a big move to chase after the leader and ran a 60.xx 400 from 1000m to 1400m. I paid for my impatience with a 32 last lap. However, I wasn't unhappy with the rig because at least I ran tough and went for it. In another few weeks, there will be more gas in the tank and I'll have the fitness to go 30, 30, 28 for my last three laps instead of 30, 30, 32. With no other split changes, that alone brings me down to 4:07. I think 4:05 is a tough but reasonable goal, but for me, time goals are secondary anyway. I just want to race my best when it matters.
The next few weeks will be interesting- I'll be switching to shorter stuff next week (800/400 or 600/1000 I think) to bust open my legs a little bit before taking my shot a 14:30 5k at the BU Terrier Invitational. I'd like to stick with the mile for now with the occasional foray into 3k territory, but I suspect Pete has other plans for me.
Also, big props to Ruben Sanca and Nate Jenkins, two local guys, who went 8:08 and 8:09 in the 3k today, just behind a very good 8:05 run from Ben True. Always good to see them do well.
Thanks for reading, everyone. As always, questions and comments are welcome.