I didn't do a semi-annual post, and haven't been doing any monthly postings or numbers. So, this is just some stuff for the record books and a little analysis of the year-to-date. Why not?
My mileage might be down from last year at this date. I should check! Last year I ran this type of mileage from Jan-Oct 1 2010:
This year, the same period:
Currently I am in the process of rebuilding my mileage from 10K training. Most of my runs since the Prefontaine Memorial 10K have been easy runs, except for a second 10k and a threshold run I did last Friday. (10 miles total, 3 miles steady threshold, goal pace 6:42)
The cutback in mileage was helpful in a sense that I could perform better in the speed work and for the races (at least feel rested for them). Really, if time were no object, I still would have like to run 65-70 MPW, but doing doubles = way less sleep for me. When it comes to sleep V. easy running for recovery, it's kind of a toss-up. I can run 65 MPW in 5 runs a week, but trying to do the three speed sessions and a "long run" with a recovery run between each becomes a challenge. I am ready to get back into some higher mileage, especially in the long run, and may be going back to 2 days of speed after this building phase.
Another thing that I have noticed is that my easy pace is creeping up. I really felt like I was pushing it hard during the Boston training period (Jan-April). I was trying to force the easy paces to be in a certain window based on the November half, and my goal pace for Boston. I still hold tight to the idea that this is partly to blame for my February injury. I was pushing the limits in my speed work and not giving my legs the pace they really needed to get full recovery benefit. Since doing the 10k training, most of my easy running was around 8:30-8:50. The last few runs have felt more comfy at 8:15-8:30. We'll see if this changes when I bring back some intervals and reps :) .
The graph below shows different Vdot levels from my training and racing, the goal being to see the racing Vdot symbol getting higher and higher up on the chart. Please note that the tempo, interval, fartlek and threshold Vdot numbers are all combined with my warm-up and cool-down that day. I might run 4 miles of tempo in 10 miles and it's going to bring down the average Vdot, for instance. I just don't have time to separate it all out!
And, now, if I haven't bored you to death with all this training talk...
Here are a few shots from the BDR 10K -
Awesome course, even with the few gravel patches we had to deal with.
The question on every runner's mind at mile 5...
This is what October looks like here...Some shots from home:
My kids favorite play place, until the water level comes back up from all the rain.
Real life is keeping me busy with Nathan's school and now canning Asian Pears. Yesterday I put up 21 quarts with a friend's help and I have way too many more to do. Free fruit is a blessing.....but ...you know...there has to be a limit eventually!
I have a few new readers here- that's always exciting! I think it has more to do with this post and not this silly one. I hope to check in with those of you who keep sending me encouragement. Thank you for continuing to stop by even when I disappear for awhile. :)
**An answered prayer: My Own Calcutta has posted recently and I was glad to see that things are getting back to normal for her. :)