Tuesday, May 31, 2011

just a 5K? only a 5K??

Alright... enough with people referring to this distance as "just a 5K" or "only a 5K". There are only two types of runners who have earned the right to call it that:
1) men who have run sub-13
2) women who have run sub-15
Anyone else who uses those labels needs to shut the fuck up because they don't know what they're talking about. If a 5K is that easy, you aren't doing it right.

Monday, May 30, 2011

the road ahead

Saturday 5/28 was the Gilio 5K and, well, what a difference two hours can make. Running conditions at 7am were more or less ideal; by 9am the heat and humidity had ramped up to the point where I knew sub-17 was going to be a struggle. So I opted for Plan B: Go out slow and run for a win.

Apparently all of the local competition was elsewhere. I was in 4th place after 0.5mi and the three guys in front all had on knee-length basketball shorts and training shoes. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it just means you have no business winning a road race -- even one as small as this. My two mile split was 11:16 and, despite the pedestrian pace, a quick glance back confirmed that I could coast it in.

The heat has arrived and the next three months will require careful training management. First I have to survive the New England Relay on 6/11. Recovering from that will eat up most of June, and then I have pager coverage in July. Pager coverage doesn't mean that I absolutely can't race but I will be more focused on building up my speed for the fall. Early August brings the USATF-NE outdoor masters track & field championships (8/6) and I am planning on doing the 1500, maybe two events depending on the schedule.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

this

This this this. This is the payoff for all the long slow grinding miles. Speedwork like this:
12x200 @ 31.4, 31.8, 31.8, 31.3, 30.8, 31.3, 31.0, 31.8, 31.3, 31.1, 31.3, 31.7

There were lots of people milling about the track last night and during one of my recovery phases, this guy asks me: "Are you a professional runner?" My response, of course, was to laugh, shake my head, and mutter "no no no". His response to that was, "well you look like the real deal." Ahh, if only that were true.

Even though it isn't... this.