Archive for January, 2012

Tough Decision

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Running

So this winter is going to be low key with some lower mileage then I’ve run for awhile, and many base workouts like tempo’s and hills. I don’t really have any races planned for the winter, but that might change, if I do have a race this winter it’ll be just to prepare me for the spring. That’s where the tough decision comes in, I haven’t decided what my racing plans will be for the spring and summer. I have an idea that I’ll either do Around the Bay again or a half marathon. This decision will likely determine what I do for the remainder of the spring/summer. If Around the Bay went well I might consider doing a Marathon in May (although I think I’d like a break from the Marathon) although that doesn’t have to be the case. Personally I’d like to try and run a fast half as well being my pb is 65:25 I would really like to go after a sub 65 in a decent race. Again if I chose the half route I’d likely run one or two road races and then focus on track from late April on. Personally I’ve been back and forth about what race I should do and the route I should focus on for the season. If anyone has any input feel free to comment and maybe leave a possible half suggestion for late March early April.

Early Season 3k

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Running

Well every new season brings a new build-up and starting anew. Since my last season ended with a Marathon in the fall, a 3k in January is a big difference in distance something I haven’t really focused on in awhile. With training partner Adam Hortian we decided to run a low key indoor race this past weekend to knock off some rust, we had a goal of running 8:45 with just a few indoor track workouts for prep.
Well the race was low key and ended up starting an hour late, but when the gun went off I took the lead for the first K running it in 3 minutes, I didn’t really feel I could go much faster. After that 3 minute K, Adam took the lead and we went through 1500 in about 4:27-8 so the pace was a little quicker. The 2k was passed in 5:57-58 so it didn’t look like are goal was going to be reached, but with 500m to go I took the lead again and really started to push with 400m to go. I thought my push had gotten me the win until Adam pulled beside me on the final straight. It was a battle, but Adam edged me out by .10 of a second. We both ran 8:50 and are last 400m was in about 65 which is great considering the lack of speed work to this point. Although we didn’t run the time we had set we were happy with the second half of the race. We were still within a range of what are goal was and we knocked off some rust, we will improve from this point and the season has yet to really get going. It’s always important to keep races in prospective and an 8:50 is a starting point!