Training: Sept 4 – Oct 15

An extravaganza of catching up (or neglect, depending on how you look at it). I’ll skip the commentary. I’m mostly putting this up to satisfy any unlikely curiosity about what exactly I was doing training-wise leading up to the Fifth Avenue Mile, about which I was chuffed. Then things went all unstructured right after that with travel and just wanting to unwind a little from that training/racing experience.

I will note that I did not do 34 strides the day before that race. That is a typo that’s too labor intensive to fix. What do you think I am, crazy or something?

This week marked the start of 5K training, which will include more consistent mileage in the 40-50 mpw range, longer stuff on the track and the reintroduction of weekly tempo runs. Unlike many runners, I really don’t mind tempo runs and in fact enjoy them if I’m in the right mood. I’ve never been afraid of them. I don’t get that at all.

I have 13 weeks to prepare for the El Paso Corporation 5K in Houston over Olympic Marathon Trials weekend. My little running calculator says that based on my mile time of 5:57 I could conceivably race a 5K around 19:30 today. Yeah, right. I don’t think so. Not without a shit tonne of work. But I’ll be doing that work over the next three months.

Sub-20 is something I could not have conceived of for myself before. Now it doesn’t seem too crazy a goal to shoot for. I am now officially pumped, stoked and psyched to try. I’m also pretty excited.

3 Responses

  1. Did you notice a difference (in terms of leg ‘freshness’) when you had the two OFF days prior to a race? I’m thinking of trying that for a ‘big’ race, as one OFF day seems to have no (or a negative) effect for me.

    Also, which calculator are you using? McMillan says ’20:37′ for a 5:57 mile. I think you can run sub-20 (which would be a great number on the CV). McMillan wasn’t too far off for my 1500 to 5k times.

    • The “two days off then a day with a short run and strides” worked better for me than “two days off before the race.” I think the little bit of running and strides get you ready to run after having some time off. My legs were a little slow to respond for that 5K.

      The calc I’m looking at is called Overly Optimistic Calc. Just kidding. It’s an iPhone app called Race Pace. It also tells me that I should be doing my recovery runs between 8:00 and 8:30. I don’t think so. So I take it with a large grain of salt.

      • Thanks. I might try the 3 x 500, 2 x 500, 1 x 500 over 3 days.

        Ah, that explains it. Thought it might have been something to do with A/G %, which are quite variable.

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