Tuesday, December 28, 2010
PARTICIPANTS: MB, Suzanne, Deena, Allan, Gary
Warm-up - 2x 1mi parking lot loop, 10x 100m striders
Set 1 - 5x 200m (50m recovery); 3 at "fresh" pace, 1 "good build-up", 1 at "good" pace
Interlude - 400m jog, 8x 100m striders (at least 8, might have been closer to 10...Coach MB needs to stop telling stories during striders...)
Set 2 - 4x 400m (complete recovery) in 1:23-1:26 (5:32/mi-5:44/mi pace)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Flippin' cold! Arm/leg warmers for MB. Deena in tights and knit running cap which we realized was made by adidas. Allan in an ear band. Steamy breath. Fortunately, though, no wind.
MB, Deena, Allan
Warm-up - 2x 1mi parking lot loop, 10x 100m striders.
Original plan was for 9x 500m at threshhold with 100m walk recovery. However, rather than us hitting the 500s at 2:11-2:19, we were hitting them at 2:00-2:02. We probably could have done three more at that pace, but we got a good five miles of work in total. Seemed like a good note on which to end the workout...especially since the weekend has some long runs planned.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Pretty nippy. Temperature - 45*/Humidity - 40%/Wind - 6 NNW/Rain - 0%
MB, Suzanne, Deena, Allan
Warm-up - 1mi, 16x100 striders
Set 1 - 5x200 @ "fresh" pace (50m walk recovery)
Interlude - 400m jog, 8x100 striders
Set 2 - 6x350 @ "fresh" pace (50m walk recovery
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Lee Ann, MB, Suzanne, Deena, AllanWORKOUT:
Warm-up - 2x mile, 10x 100m stridersMain set - 8x 400m (50m walk recovery) @ threshold pace (7:05-7:27/mi)Cool-down - 400m walk
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Probably ugly. Temp 54*/Humidity - 71%/Wind - 14mph NNE/Rain Probability - 80%
Warm-up - 2xmile, 10x100
Set 1 - 8x160 fresh
Interim - 400, 8x100
Set 2 - 3x400 fresh
Interim - 400, 8x100
Set 3 - 5x200 fresh
NOTE: Rainy weather conditions forced a cancellation of outdoor workout...yep, back to the "dreadmill:"
Warm-up - 10min - 6.8mph, increase by .1mph every minute.
Main set - 6min @ 7.9mph, 4min @ 8.3mph, 2min @ 6.8mph, 6min @ 7.9mph, 4min @ 8.3 mph, 2min @ 6.8mph.
Cool-down - 11min - 6.8mph, decrease by .1mph every minute.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
My "smoking drugs" finish goal: 1:30 My "VDOT" finish goal: 1:34
Pre-race: Up 2hrs before race start...good sleep...yogurt, bagel, peanut butter, coffee. Arrived at race site 20min before start, enough time to get my singlet/bib number/shoes situated, make a head call, and settle into the starting corral for a seemingly-endless litany of opening ceremony. The race not only started on time, but seemingly quicker than I initially feared.
Usually, I'm hell-bent for election off the starting line, but I wanted to start conservatively...and perhaps, in the words of the late Walt Stack...taper off.
Mile 1 - 7:14 HR 142-155 (While barreling down the main drag I grabbed a firm grasp of reality and decided to go closer to the VDOT prediction performance.)
Mile 2 - 7:18 HR 151-163 (The first climb on the course...worrying a little, but not much...just get to the top without pushing the envelope.)
Mile 3 - 7:18 HR 152-160
Mile 4 - 7:22 HR 151-159 (The isolation of the individual runner on the course begins...this event is not one which has been embraced by the city as a whole...as well as some strange camber which beat me on the first race simulation.)
Mile 5 - 7:26 HR 153-158 (Here I begin to feel quite concerned...not only because of the camber but also because we are sharing a single lane with northbound traffic.)
Mile 6 - 7:20 HR 153-163 (This, to me, is probably best part of the course...it's fairly flat and familiar to me from my flatter Sunday morning long runs. At this point I take half of my espresso gel flask - two shots, mixed with equal parts water and coffee.)
Mile 7 - 7:20 HR 151-161
Mile 8 - 8:35 HR 148-158 (This was the big climb which had teeth on the course...I backed off pace to save energy, and felt pleased I only lost a minute of time.)
Mile 9 - 7:49 HR 149-159
Mile 10 - 8:18 HR 150-166 (This was where I took the second shot of gel/fluid...at this point is the last REAL climb on the course, a viaduct over the rail lines. The concrete slab roadway of US-29, turning back toward downtown, awaits.)
Mile 11 - 8:16 HR 143-153 (Again this is a point on the course where you approach the dark tea time of the runners' soul. The strange and unnerving sense of legs beginning to empty themselves of glycogen begins here. But this is not the beginning of the worst...)
Mile 12 - 12:07 HR 133-150 (The R achilles has begun to complain about the course. Both it and the front ankle/arch of the foot has swollen, slowing me down to a walk at the Confederate War Memorial. Just what I need, a reminder of another lost cause. Attempting to gently jog down the last last ugly .3 mile/100-foot descent is impossible. My marathoner athlete, Deena, passes me at 1:36...which worries me to no end; she only needs to run 4:00, I know she's gone through too quickly and will definitely pay on the second loop...)
Mile 13 - 14:54 HR 132-153 (I pass the point on the course where my wife is cheering us onward. Not long after, the ankle/achilles' swelling has subsided.)
.1(.25) - 2:25 HR 135-143 (HOWEVER...all I can manage is a limping, gimpy jog into the finish.)
Total time: 1:53:54
So, what's the cause of the achilles swelling? It might have something to do with elastic laces, laced up one eyelet too high. The hills weren't any help, either...remember this is a month since I spent a week in San Francisco...too many hills too soon...so I didn't give myself enough time to heal. I suspect a solid week-to-two weeks of non-impact activity (swimming), continued work on body composition (I'm eight pounds lighter than I was when I first came aboard with MN), followed by conservative-paced long runs and a modicum of speed work (mostly threshold pace!) should have me prepared for mid-February.
There's a couple of opportunities to run/race in the next month, which I might do to tune-up for RNR/MG:
Turkey Day 5-Miler - 11/25 (fun run...no more, no less!)
Old Man River HM - 12/19 (treat as a long training run for Mardi Gras)
RNR did offer a switch-out to the half marathon; if I don't feel good about the race I'll definitely switch to the half rather than risk a major/runner-ending injury.
FOOTNOTE: Deena barely missed her BQ by 7min. She came through 12 at 3:57. Bad day on the second half...cramping legs...but a great first marathon effort. She finished third in her age group and made me proud.
I think she's a convert to the MN pacing strategy. Stand by for further reports.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Not too bad. Mother Nature was definitely getting her last fling of (late) summer-like conditions during the day, but great temps during the workout.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Beautiful! Temperature 76*/Index 76*/Humidity 69%/Wind SSW 13mph