Did my 6 today straight from the house on what I like to call the "bowl" route. (Down the hill to Gallup Park, flat through the middle, than climb back up for the 2 miles home). I decided I was going to run "easy", but run the fast edge of easy. So basically try to run at the fastest comfortable pace I could, to continue to try to gauge what I'll be able to do for 13 miles at the race in TEN DAYS (eek). I was trying to maintain a constant effort, didn't look at my watch for pacing, and obviously slowed down on the uphill at the end (to maintain the same effort I had to drop the pace). Here were the splits:
|See? Looks just like a bowl.|
Mile 1 was my "warm-up" so ignore that. Mile 3&4 were the flat part, so that's my real gauge. I need 9:04 for a PR at the half, so if 9:10 is easy on my own in the park, surely I can pull out 9:04 at a race, right? I still can't believe I'm calling anything sub 10:00 easy...that wouldn't have happened even 2 weeks ago.
I really love running. I'm getting nervous about training for the Detroit marathon this fall. I don't want to end up injured and not be able to run at all. I found this training plan: Old or Fat Person Marathon Plan and am thinking it might be the one for me. Actually probably not because I hate cross-training (injury, here I come), and also taking it down to running 3 days per week seems a bit extreme. I might go through withdrawal. And get depressed. (Speaking of withdrawal, I swear 50% of the doctors at work spell it "withdrawl" when writing admitting diagnoses and progress notes. So annoying).
Has anybody ever run with Tortoise & Hare in Ann Arbor? http://www.tortoiseandhare.com/events/rungroup.htm I'm thinking of trying it one Tuesday. (I should have tonight, I started at 6pm from a block away!). I already paid to run with RF 501 for the year of course, but it is a pain to drive downtown, and some days, like today, I don't like the workout they're doing. T&H also has these marathon training runs: http://www.tortoiseandhare.com/events/training.htm (with Porta Johns, woot!, and they're free), so I am definitely going to have to hit up some of those. I'm concerned about pace though, the T&H people always look fast. If somebody tries it, let me know what kind of paces people are running!
My blog never has any good pictures. I wish it did. But one thing I hate more than not having pictures for my blog, is taking pictures for my blog. Sorry. Here's a stolen cartoon instead.
|Guilty as charged. I love running gear :) Crap, I don't have a defibrillator!! Do they sell those on Amazon?|