Knowing I am no where near where I was last year at this point (1:02:28, 6:15), I set a goal for anything under 65 minutes. I have also been training crazy hard (no big surprise) trying to get myself back into shape. I may have over done it, as I was feeling very exhausted on Saturday and didn't really do much.
The race actually went well. I felt pretty good running and was fairly consistent in the 6:20 to 6:30 range with the exception of downhill mile 2 (6:10). There are a lot of hills in this race, so I knew that I would run closer to 6:30 on the tougher miles. The day also featured a tough head-wind in the first couple and last few miles.
AG Place: 17th
Overall I am happy with this prep-race. I did a post race shlog of about 3.5 miles and felt very tired. I felt tired yesterday too and a little bit today. I will do the track workout tonight and distance tomorrow, then take a couple days off and get ready for this weekend's long bomb on the Boston course.
I hope everyone is staying healthy and getting into shape! It has been a tough NE winter to train this year and I hope we will get some better weather here leading towards Boston. I will also try to get back into the swing with this blog as many have commented that I am not keeping it up like I should! Please leave a comment if you visit, so others know you've been by (I changed the comment field so you can comment anonymously). I will try to get with the program! Now off to MIT to get those hard 800s in with my BAA team mates!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I'm no where near where I was this time last year, but I am starting to catch up. January was an up and down month with many distrations, but I still managed to build-up running mileage. Also, I am religeously on the trainer for one hour each morning. I don't want to make that same mistake from last year (not enough time on the bike through April). IM France comes one month earlier than Lake Placid, so there is no time to screw around. I must bike train and marathon train in parallel. The two big races are:
112th BAA Boston Marathon April, 21 2008
IronMan France Nice June 22, 2008
February and March I will be training absolutely as hard as I can. As you can see there is no time to train between post-marathon recovery and tapering for IM France. I am back swimming too. I need to get to three days a week - definitely putting more emphasis on the bike training this year, I am not too worried about swim training. It should be interesting swimming in the mediteranean.
Anyway, the body seems to be healthy and ready to go. I need to get to my race weight, but there is still plenty of time.
I hope everyone is healthy, getting back to shape and focused on their races this year.