Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Ok, enough with the mushy stuff...It's good that I'm averaging 10:30 minute miles as that will be my slowest pace for the next 5 weeks. It's the new 11:27 easy pace...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Next week, I get back into training with runs of 7 miles on Mon and Wed, speedwork quarters on Tue and half's on Thu, and long run of 10 on Sat - roughly 36 miles. I ran this same schedule after my race in Nov to prep for my Santa Hustle race in Dec; I shaved ~16 minutes off my half marathon between those races, so I know it works. I don't think I'll get another 16 minute improvement, but I do think I'll have a good shot at a PR.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The day was cool (32 degrees at race start, 40 at the end) and cloudy. I did something new this race; I wore the race tech shirt for the race. I had on a long sleeve underarmour type shirt, so throwing the short sleeve tech shirt on didn't risk any chaffing or irritation due to being new.
My plan, which I carried out nearly perfect, was to set my pace alarms to keep me at my long run pace of 10:17. I knew that I could complete the race at that pace and would have been somewhat happy with the result. The change in pace at mile 7 was also part of the plan - "Make the 'too fast' pace alarm scream until the end."
That pace alarm was set to 9:57, and I was mostly successful in keeping it in constant alarm. You can see that each of my miles after the mid point of the race were under 10 min/mile.
Here are some interesting stats from the race: (you can look these up HERE. Bib #399)
7 mile split: 1:11:46
Pace at 7 miles: 10:16
Rank at 7 miles: 447
10 mile split: 1:41:15
Pace at 10 miles: 10:08
Rank at 10 miles: 441
Last 3.1 miles: 0:30:37
Pace for last 3.1 miles: 9:53
Rank for last 3.1 miles: 372 (meaning 372nd fastest last 3.1 miles)
Last 1.1 miles: 0:10:37
Pace for last 1.1 miles: 9:39
Rank for last 1.1 miles: 358
Net time: 2:11:52
Takeaways: I beat 99 people, 4 of which were in my age group, 40 of which were guys. This was a very competitive race as it was an Indy Runners' race, so there weren't many, if any, walkers in the half. The midpoint time for my age group was around 1:45:00; that's pretty darn fast.
So, I'm very pleased with this race and am more motivated to get out there and train hard for the next 5 weeks for the 500 Festival Mini.
PS. Because I know my father-in-law will want to know: M65-69 winner's time was 1:33:21; 2nd place was 1:39:49.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
1. Don't walk.
2. Don't stop.
3. Don't die.
As long as I follow the rules, I'll be ok.
Monday, March 18, 2013
It wasn't as enjoyable running the 40 degree weather...just sayin'...
Friday, March 15, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
It has been pretty nice to run in this Florida weather; I'm ready for spring in Indy now!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
If you couldn't tell from yesterday's post, we're down in Inverness, FL visiting my father-in-law and his wife. When I say we, I mean Brandy, Trace, Brandy's grandfather (my father-in-law's dad), and me.
I'm supposed to do easy running from now until the 23rd; this didn't quite qualify for easy, but it was close, I reckon. I'll take tomorrow off and then try to get out for 7 or 8 easy miles on Thursday, meaning between 10:07 and 11:47 minute pace.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Tomorrow, I'm hoping to get out for five and get this training back into something of a shape. I'm definitely trying to salvage whatever I can for my race on the 23rd, but I'm not hopeful that it will go very well. This training cycle has had too many gaps, too much bitten off, and too much slacking as of late.