>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, 9/12: 10K race. 36:46, but HARD.
Sunday, 9/13: IM WI volunteering. Long day. But SOO fun!
Monday, 9/14: rest. Sore from the weekend.
Tuesday, 9/15: lift weights and core work.
Wednesday, 9/16: 8 x 800 meters on the track. (with 90 seconds rest between.) I wanted to call it quits after 7. I actually grabbed my things and started walking home. But I stopped after 30 meters, turned around, dropped my stuff, and did my 8th and final interval. I was very proud that I was able to do that. Here were my splits:
Average of 2:38.5 / 800.
I did all that while trying to ignore the puke just off the track at about the 120 meter mark on the back stretch... yuck.
Thursday, 9/17: 16 x 100 yards in the pool. (with 20 seconds rest between.) 1:27, 1:32, 1:30, 1:32, 1:29, 1:33, 1:32, 1:32, 1:33, 1:33, 1:32, 1:34, 1:34, 1:32, 1:35, 1:34. Average of 1:32.1 / 100 yards. They felt hard and slow. Good thing triathlon season is over. ;)
Friday, 9/18: 9.5 mile run and core work. This was going to be one of those “let’s see what this predicts for the upcoming race” sort of a run. And ya know what? It was rough. Really rough. Twice I had to stop and walk for a few seconds. I ran “out” in 30:10, and “back” in 29:22 for a total of 59:32 (6:16 / mile). And that’s with stopping my watch when I had to walk. The real finishing time (with walking breaks and stop-lights added back in) is 1:01:10.
When I got home, I was SWEATY. I didn’t want my leg to touch the floor because of how moist it was:
Nasty. Or delicious. Or nasty.
Sunday, 9/20: 5 mile tempo run. I wore my racing flats as a test to see if they’d hold up for the TC 10 Mile. They won’t. I ran “out” in 15:21 and “back” in 14:24 for a total of 29:45. That run sealed the deal: Sub-60 in the TC 10 Mile is not going to happen.
I’m not trying to be a downer or to sell myself short. It’s just really not going to happen. Back in July, I said that sub-60 was my “dream goal” that I was going to train towards, but I didn’t know how plausible it was. About a month ago, I started thinking it WAS something I could do. I ran a 10K at the end of an Oly tri in 39:33 in June, and ran another 10K at the end of an Oly tri a few weeks ago in 38:16. That’s progress!
But these recent runs tell me sub-60 is not in the cards this year. Sub-61 will even be tough. I’m NOT trying to sandbag. I’ll still leave EVERYTHING out there on race day (Oct 4th). I’m just being realistic. If I end up going out too hard, I’ll implode and end up having to walk around mile 6. This race will be quite the test at my racing strategy and my mental toughness.
In other news, this Saturday Team Happy Pants is reuniting to try to defend our “team title” (and our “team course record”) at the Cannon-Wells Duathlon south of the Cities.
TEAM HAPPY PANTS!! Yay!
Check back Saturday night or Sunday to see how it all goes down!!
Then, the weekend after that is the TC 10 Mile! (Oh, and check back tomorrow for some race photos from Pharmie’s, Jen's, and my Oly Tri a few weeks ago.)