It seems the closer I get to a race the less I can type about my training. It’s not that I have less time, I’m actually in mid-taper and have plenty of time. The problem is, I’m so freakin excited that I can only verbalize it while dancing around like a goon. I really have slacked though, a month off from blogging has pushed my motivation to slower than a standstill. I’ll make this update brief in the hope that I can make a better one before the race on Sunday.
My training has had a few setbacks with some calf cramping and mild strain, but a shoe switch and some skipped workouts cleared it up both times it happened. I missed seven workouts total in April, over two separate weeks. That was it for bad news though, I’ve had so many breakthrough workouts in this build-up that I am actually feeling the possibility of finishing very close to my lofty goal time.
Long run heaven! I ran my first 50k, attempted to run only 29 miles, but ended up with nearly 31 total. Was trying to run at an easy pace the entire distance but ended up running 28.7 miles @6:35/mile all thanks for the quick pace to my mate Austin from run group. He will be in the same race on Sunday and is pushing for a Boston Qualifying time, I feel confident that he will nail it. I should expound some more on this long run in particular because it was such a memorable run, but I will save that for the next post. I have a few other workouts that are worth at least a mention here, my last couple speedwork sessions have been 6-8 miles of Fartlek and they been at cruising fast pace in the on sections. Feeling very solid, on hilly routes too. Even more noteworthy was my last set of repeats a couple weeks back; ran 10 repeats all at 5:00/mile pace. Last workout to give a shout-out to was my final weekend tune-up run, ran 10 miles total yesterday and 8 of them in my race shoes, to get some more miles on them. It felt quick, like close to goal pace, it turns out I was running at a 5:51 pace for the duration, 15 secs a mile under goal pace… oops.
That’s it for now. On Saturday I head up to Maine for packet pickup and a quick drive of the course. Sunday is the race and Sunday night on the water in Maine. Driving to NH on Monday, then taking my amazing girlfriend, Sara up to my childhood hometown on Tuesday. Sara is coming up for the race as well and will be assisting with physical, moral and morale support to both Austin and myself. Though, I have it on good authority I will be valuing the support a good deal more than he. Just to have someone cheering for you personally, can provide a huge boost, to have someone you love supporting and cheering you on increases that positive input by great margin.