Sunday, March 3, 2013

Quality, Not Quantity

Well, workouts are going great.  I shifted my mileage down to 60 this past week so I could shift gears and concentrate more on quality on pacing and intervals.  I did 2 track workouts, one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.  Wednesday's workout was a solid 10K race pace interval session of 8 X 1200 meters, averaging 3:35 each.  This workout gave me a lot of confidence because it was basically a total time of 28:40 for 6 miles of intervals, which means the pacing was practiced at a solid sub-30:00 10K pace.  On Saturday, I did a targeted Threshold Pace workout: 3200m, 2400m, 2000m, 1200m, 800m, all averaged out to 30:00 for another 6 miles of intervals, with my last 800 a bit faster(2:25).

I'm not sure what kind of shape I am in yet, honestly, for my first 2013 race coming up in a few weeks.  I'm trying to look at a bigger picture here because my goal is to run the best I can when I'm ready to.  All of this training, and even racing serves as a support system for peaking to the best of my ability when the time comes to strike.  So, my first race since last November this Spring will be a bit of an experiment to see where I am.  I would like to shoot for a PR, and am not ruling that out, but I don't want to disappoint myself either even if I don't.  But the other thing is I need to make sure I do is to get out there and compete.  This is one of the most important things to remember, because it helps me push myself.

Training 2/25-3/3:

Monday: PM: 9 Miles

Tuesday: AM: 8 Miles

Wednesday: PM:
8 X 1200M w/ 3 min rests: 
3:39, 3:35, 3:35, 3:35, 3:36, 3:34, 3:33, 3:34
11 Miles Total

Thursday: Rest/Strength Training

Friday: AM: Pool Running 45:00/
PM: 8 Miles

Saturday: AM:
3200m: 10:10, 
2400m: 7:32, 
2000m: 6:15, 
1200m: 3:45, 
800m: 2:25, 
all with 2-3 min rests  
9 Miles Total

Sunday: AM: 15 Miles

TOTAL: 60 Miles


  1. damn, you were TAN in that picture! Compare that to the picture at the top of the blog.

  2. Just curious - how come you didn't jump into the 8k this past weekend or some other shorter race prior to the half?

  3. I didn't feel it was the right decision. I felt now is the time I needed to not race(Nov-March) and just train, for once.

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