Now that I am in the thick of my training for this race, I'm really starting to revamp my goals for this event.
In high school I ran cross country and track. For the track events I raced the mile, two mile, and I ran the 330 low hurdles for a season (I sucked).
I came very close to breaking the six minute barrier. My fastest mile was a 6:05. After high school I joined the Army and I focused on the two mile. That's the distance that is timed on the Army Physical Fitness Test. Man I used to love the APFT. Once I left the military the shortest distance for me to race was the 5k.
Two months ago, I knew that I had no shot in hell in breaking 6 minutes, I was hoping to go under 6:30. But, now I'm thinking how crazy would it be if I finally broke the 6 minute barrier at age 36? I'm still thinking that I probably won't break 6 minutes. But, I think I can maybe go sub 6:15......
I recently purchased some Brooks Pure Flows. I had been wanting to try these shoes for awhile but, there were out of my price range and I couldn't justify spending so much money on a shoe that I wasn't sure about...
Workouts since my last update
I have been working on my speed!!
Tuesday 6/10- 3x800 I ran a warm up mile, then I did some form drills. I like to do A-skips, butt kicks, and side skips to warm up. I also did a few strides. Here's the data (3:06, 3:13, 3:12) I did these on the road, with my Garmin. It was also 90 degrees out in the morning. It's so much harder to run fast 800's on the road!
Wednesday 6/11- Treadmill run 5 miles at an incline. I started my run out at 7.2 pace (8:20 per mile) at 1% incline, with each mile I increased the treadmill by .5 % by the end of run I was running at 4% incline at 7.2 pace. Then I also did some circuit training (push ups, sit-ups, dumbbell bench press, back rows, hamstring dead lifts)
Thursday 6/12-Rest- I was really sore.
Friday 6/13-We had a retreat at work. Another Rest Day
Saturday 6/14- Track Work!! I went to the track to do some 400's and 200's. I ran a mile and a half to warm up, I did some form drills, strides and I stretched. I jogged 200 meter recoveries in between.
Here's the data
4 x 400 (87, 87, 88, 87)
8 x 200 (43,42, 42, 43, 42,42, 43, 41)
I then slowly jogged two miles home. This workout made my legs tremble.
Sunday 6/15 I sneaked out of the house for a short 3 mile jog. I dropped the dog off at the groomers and on my way home I stopped at the park and ran 6 laps around the half mile track. I was glad I got a short run in, to get some of the lactic acid out of my legs.
Monday 6/16 I ran 3 miles recovery, no radio or Garmin in the morning. On my lunch break I did some strength training.
I have a hectic work day tomorrow. It might be a rest day for me. Focusing on this 1600 meters has been great. I feel like I'm turning back the clock, it's nice to feel the burn of speed intervals. I also like that I don't have to hit X amount of miles per week.
My race is in 15 days. I'm hoping to get a few more quality workouts in.