82 mile week, including a decent 5k (19:34) at the Hanson’s first Wednesday night race series.
Monday I went to the track, but I screwed it up and went home with only three miles. (followed by a three hour drive to Detroit)
Tuesday made up for Monday with a nice easy range progression run in the morning and five easy miles in Dodge Park with the regular tuesday hanson community practice gang. I really like those people. More on that in a future article about community building.
Skip to Wednesday evening for the next is the series of monthly 5k races: I ran in a demo pair of the Brooks Launch (W sz 9). they felt good on a really slow warmup. They felt good at 6:20 pace and even 6:00 pace. I like them. The high school cross country kids took it out somewhat slow on the first mile I got 6:29 at mile marker 1. Weather was comfortable and it felt pretty good. They picked up the pace a little bit in the park. The front of the race was still a pack at this point. I got 6:14 for mile 2. Two guys in the front took off after mile two and we speed up. I followed but kept my pace to what I felt comfortable at doing for another seven minutes. Got 6:06 for mile 3 and picked it up for the final stretch into the finish. I see the results went up at 19:24.3. I have no idea if the course is accurately measured. Guys, 19:24 isn’t anything special, but this race was pretty comfortable and I held my shit together without a meltdown. (And then we all remember….. This isn’t even women’s OTQ pace. Holy cow. )
Skip to Friday morning: 2 mile warmup, 9 miles at MP averaging 6:37-ish, 1 mile cooldown. I’m using a street with some small inclined sections for my training loop. I still have to measure it before I can line up MP runs with a real goal race, but I think I’m going to be targeting something between 2:52 and 2:54 in the fall. I’m having problem getting my race hydration back in check. There will be lots of practice ahead.
(then I went to work and then drove 3 hours back to Cleveland)
Skip to Sunday, 5:30am: 16 miles at home.
That wraps up another week. It will be time to go to bed at 9 so I can get up at 4am and do it all over again.