Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ghost from my Running Past

Woo! Another good week in the books! I am really enjoying Coach G's program. I only have two truly easy days and in theory it sounds crazy to have 5 medium to hard days a week, but it's really a whole lot more fun than the other way around. The real counter-intuitive kicker is that I've never ever felt better.

I am a little (probably irrationally) worried that I am going to turn into myself as a high school runner. I loved running, but raced every workout and always beat my teammates on intervals. Then when it came to races they creamed me. I remember doing 20 400's on grass with 90 second send-offs and running each one under 90 seconds. Yet, I never broke 22 for a 5k. Sure, I know a heck of a lot more about running, what a training run should feel like, how to really race, etc. But I can't quite totally shake the fear that all this good training is just good training and it won't translate to the race times. I'm not doing this to get good at training runs. I'm doing this to race faster!

I know all I can do is race my best when the gun goes off and let it flow. I also realize that either one of my two key races coming up might not go as well as I hope, but I do know as I have said time and time again here that it's just a matter of time. I'm not in a rush.

Anyway, here's what I did last week for those interested :)

M: 6 @ 8:26 on TM

T: 9.5 with track. CRAZY windy! Super hard to pace.

W: 6 @ 8:25 on TM

R: 10 with tempo

F: 6 including strides outside for once! Averaged 8:01.

Sa: 12 @ 7:30 (1:29:56!) Ran with E-speed for 5 which was nice!

Su: 17.12 averaging 7:06 with CV. First 10 @ 7:19 and 6 @ 6:42 and then caught up with CV for one more with her @ 6:57 before trotting back to the car.

Track:

Goal: 400; 800; 1200; 1600; 1200; 800; 400 with half rest @ 6:06 pace more or less.

Actual:

89.25
(:37)
3:02.63
(83)
4:35.22
(2:11)
6:04.62
(2:58)
4:34.27
(2:10)
2:58.68
(1:27)
83.23

Tempo:

Goal: 2 x 3 @ 6:35; 6:35; 6:25 with .5 @ 7:00 in between

Actual:

6:36.26
6:37.03
6:22.56

.5 in 3:31

6:38.35
6:35.50
6:22.09

1 comment:

Janet Edwards said...

Another solid week! I think all those ghosts are in the past and you are going to kick some butt at the races this year!