Friday, March 11, 2011

3/9 -- Shamrock 5k Preparations

Wednesday, just like Monday and Tuesday, had the rare distinction of featuring only one workout for the day... a rarity in my life. The track workout was supposed to be a little more speedy, but mainly a tuneup to get me ready for the Shamrock 5k this weekend. 10x400 @ or around 5k pace with 200 jog recovery.

It went ok, I wanted to hit 75s for each 400 but I generally ran faster when on my own, with Mike C in tow, and right on pace when I was able to latch onto the B group. Splits were 76, 72, 72, 73, 75, 72, 73, 72, 70, 65. So on my own I held 72s, and they felt solid, even with a 15-20mph wind (GOSH DARNIT GO AWAY WIND I'VE HAD ENOUGH). Controlled, smooth, and I felt no pain or agony -- exactly what I was going for in this workout. Not even on the last 65, where I just kicked in with some extra energy that I conserved in the previous 9. And when I ran the 76 and 75 with the group, it felt, well, easy. I take all of this as a good sign that 5:05-5:10 pace should be sustainable at Shamrock... I just need to run smart and stay focused. Sub-16:00 is the goal, as it would be my first road result under 16. I'm really motivated for this race even though I'm not tapering for it and not really training for it specifically. I have a much more positive outlook this year, and I owe it partially to Todd's training.

I'm ready for battle.

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