Monday, April 28, 2008

Last Week: a New TTCR, a Mediocre 5K, and Love Bugs

46¼ miles for the week of April 21st through April 27th

M –4 miles, recovery run, average pace 8:50 mpm, 74°F at 4AM [Dow-]
Tu – 5¼ miles, average pace 6:41 mpm, half mile warmp, then the Dow- 2 miles hard in 12:29.5, then ¾ mile easy, and the Dow- 2 miles return hard in 12:30.6, 76°F at 4AM warm and humid with foggy glasses [Ol/Dow]
W AM – 4 miles, average pace 7:49 mpm, 76°F at 4AM [Dow-]
W PM – 5 miles, with 4x800/400 recoveries, average pace 7:10 mpm, 800s in 2:47.7, 2:48.9, 2:46.2 and 2:48.8, 78°F at 7PM with a Gulf wind at 13 mph with gusts to 20 [B’Wood track]
Th – 7½ miles, recovery run, average pace 8:20 mpm, 81°F at 11:30AM waiting to go to work [FlagR-P-P]
F - 0, worked from 1630 Thursday to 0730 Friday, 75°F at 4AM
Sa – 8 miles with a 5K race at 6:07 mpm pace, RAIN, 69°F at 8AM [Freeport5K]
Su – 12½ miles average pace of 7:29 mpm, overcast with filtered sun later, 72°F from 2:30PM [SeaC/NTrail-MBTrail-2x2M MBTrail/SeaC]

Tuesday’s tempo run was the best ever, a 25:00, almost 4 seconds faster than February 19th’s previous Dow- World Record. I was really surprised and pleased with this run, especially considering the 76°F temperature with matching dewpoint in the mid-70s.

I had high hopes for Saturday’s Freeport 5K, but I ended up with a disappointing 19:00. Despite the steady rain, conditions were much better during Saturday’s race than during Tuesday’s tempo run. I just didn’t have any Mojo Saturday. After the first mile, the insole of my right shoe slipped back and folded up just in front of the heel. I can’t say it hurt my race performance much, but it felt strange and with the rain was another unwelcome diversion. I didn’t see BrettP until after the race. I’m happy he’s running and racing again. He’s only been training a few months, but I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m following him again. The competition will be good.

Love Bugs

I don't know what love bugs do other than reproduce, keep carwashes in business and irritate runners. They certainly are good at reproducing. When you see a black cloud up ahead, breath in through your nose only.

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