T-2 weeks to Baystate Half Marathon
Monday, 10/3 – Finally made it back to track! Warmup, cooldown, 2 sets of 4[3 min on (7:25 pace), 2 min active recovery], with a 4-minute rest in between. I was using my trusty old Timex rather than the Garmin; I’m guessing I ended up somewhere around 5+ miles.
Tuesday, 10/4 – easy (10:00-11:00) 3 miles. Donned the heart rate monitor for the first time in ages; still have a baby-bunny heart rate, could not get below 140.
Wednesday, 10/5 – Off
Thursday, 10/6 – An entirely successful tempo: 1 up, 0.75 down, 4x(8:40-8:50).
Friday, 10/7 – Sick kid home from daycare, unplanned rest day. My parents, who had been here for a visit, left in the morning. (The additional childcare this week was offset by my desire to host, cook, and show them around town, so the visit had net zero impact on my running!)
Saturday 10/8 – We went climbing with two other families in the morning. I ran home from climbing gym, 5.75 miles. I love that the weather is now cool enough to run at midday. (On weather: as my old coach used to say, you can’t always pick and choose the weather for your training sessions. ‘And what if it rains on race day? Then what? You don’t race?’ So I did indeed suck it up buttercup all summer long, and have the tan lines to show for it.)
Sunday 10/9 – kid still sick, off. Tracked friends at a lot of good races this weekend: the Healdsburg Half, Chicago Marathon, IM Louisville, and Kona. All this excitement is giving me a twinge of race envy, and so, during taper week for Baystate, I’m now plotting my return to marathoning in fall 2017…
Currently reading: on how goal times can be a double-edged sword, from How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald. Basically, a time goal gives you something to shoot for, but what if it also serves as a psychological barrier? (Is that an argument for racing without the watch?)
“The potential for time standards to become performance limiters is most apparent at the elite level of endurance sports. There have been many noteworthy cases in which a performance breakthrough by one athlete triggered a widespread revolution in performance and thereby revealed that previous standards had been holding the sport back. Between 1994 and 2008, for example, the women’s world record for triathlon’s Ironman distance was stuck at 8:50:53. Only seven women recorded times under 9 hours in that 14-year span. When Yvonne van Vlerken finally lowered the Ironman world record to 8:45:48 in July 2008, the floodgates were opened. Six other women dipped under the 9-hour barrier in the next few months. Van Vlerken’s mark lasted only one year, as did the subsequent record. By the end of the 2011 season, the Ironman world record for women stood at 8:18:13, and sub-8:50 performances had become commonplace. Was the new generation of female triathletes that much more talented than the previous one? No. These women just weren’t held back by a tendency to regard the time of 8:50:53 as an unsurpassable human limit.”