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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Track workout: Too many left-hand turns

Interesting workout today. 6x1 miles around the track. But the twist was that during each mile, every 400 meters we had to alternate between our 10k pace and our half marathon pace. We were to rest for about 90 seconds between each mile rep.

Now, that is just way too much thinking for me to do so early in the morning. And it was dark, so I couldnt look at my Garmin to see if I was on pace.

So I just decided, as Geezer said, to run fast and less fast, making sure that my last few 10k reps were just as quick as my first few 10k reps. My half marathon paces ranged from 6:50 to 7:00. My 10k paces ranged from 5:56 to 6:08.

Not sure if the 90 second break was a help or a hindrance. Each time I got in rhythm, it was time to stop. Cardiovascular-wise, I felt fine. My legs, though, especially the bothersome lower left one, is still a little wonky, so all the stopping and starting (not to mention all the left hand turns on the track - 24 of them in all) made it tough to warm up and stay warmed up.

Coached asked me today if I was still going to try to BQ in Portland. I told him I didn't know. I mean, I know I'm going to try to run 3:20. I've worked too hard not to try. I just hoped I'd be closer to 100 percent by now, and I'm not and my leg is causing me to shift my running style and putting more pressure on other parts of my body (groin, hamstring).

Anyway, I've still got time to taper and see how things go.


Blogger D said...

yes, you are going to BQ at Portland!

September 24, 2009 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Muz said...

What the heck u talking bout ofcourse you are going to get BQ, show up at the start line with 90% at least. You can not gain more fitness level between now and the race, rest more than the rest pls.
Your pacer...

September 25, 2009 at 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Of course you're going to go for the BQ! I haven't felt 100% on the start for either marathon. Sucks that these things crop up after training so hard, but you still have some taper time left to heal.

September 25, 2009 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

i've learned i'm definitely not a fan of these constantly-changing-pace workouts! i don't know how you do it week after week. sounds like the track workout went well though, and hopefully some light days up until the race will help you feel 100% again!!


September 28, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

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