Friday, November 13, 2009

Week 8: New Shoes But Same Old Racing Rut

My new Nike Air Zoom Elite-4s arrived Friday. Here they are with my Mizuno Elixirs (916 miles) and Saucony Tangents (894 miles).

81¾ miles for Week 8 (November 2nd to 8th)

M AM - 6¾ miles recovery run at 8:50 pace, 55°F at 4AM
M PM - 4 miles on the treadmill at the power plant, 8:23 pace
Tu - 7¾ miles general aerobic at 7:15 pace, 57°F at 4AM
W AM - 10 miles general aerobic at 7:12 pace, 57°F at 4AM
W PM - 6 miles on the track, average pace 6:34, 66°F at 7PM, these miles felt so much better with the cooler temperatures
Th AM - 6¾ miles recovery run at 8:18 pace, 59°F at 4AM
Th PM - missed
F - 8¾ miles easy general aerobic at 7:37 pace, 58°F at 4AM
F - 4 miles on the treadmill at the power plant, 8:11 pace
Sa - 7½ miles easy at 8:42 pace, 78°F at Noon with a Gulf breeze picking up
Su - 20¼ miles with a 25K race at an average 6:55 pace, Hobby Airport had 70 to 71°F with the dewpoint 66 to 67°F (YUCK) at least it stayed overcast

The weather was beautiful this week, EXCEPT for Sunday's 25K race. Even considering the warm weather, I wasn't happy with my performance. I was encouraged by this week's training and thought I had a good shot at a decent 25K. At least there's another four weeks before the Sugar Land 30K.

These first three races don't project any glimmer of a new marathon PR:

Marathon Equivalent Performance
10M: 3:09:51
Half marathon: 3:08:03
25K: 3:08:08

Karen Thibodeaux has some good pictures, I like the ones rounding the corner leaving downtown. Stupid water-saving washing machines!

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