On January 19, I made my opening scene for 2014 at the USA Half Marathon Championship, setting a new personal best of 1:07 and placing 56th. It was a great opener and set up to what is to come this year. Since then, I have recovered well, and have gotten back into my rhythm of training.
Between 1/20 and 2/02 I recovered by running 34 miles the first week(total of 4 runs), and 57 miles the second week(6 runs). I did some pool running as well, and kept the runs at moderate paces.
2/03-2/16 I got the mileage up again along with a few workouts. Weeks below.
51, 50, 49, 49, 48, 51, 49, 47, 9 miles total
Monday: AM: 10 miles/PM: Strength Training
Tuesday: AM: 8 miles w/ 8 x 1/4 mile hill repeats/PM: 6 miles
Wednesday: Track: 8 x 600m w/ 200m jog recoveries:
1:48, 1:45, 1:45, 1:45, 1:47, 1:45, 1:45, 1:45, 11 miles total
Thursday: 10 miles
Friday: 11 miles
Saturday: 13 miles
Sunday: 20 miles progression (2:05:00)
Total: 89 Miles
I contacted my college coach, Ben Thomas last week as I wanted to get in some sort of short race as a workout during the end of February. The Virginia Tech Challenge Meet seemed to fit perfectly, which is this Friday 2/21 and Saturday 2/22. I was debating between the mens 3K and 5K races, which are on separate days. I then thought, why not double up and do both? It would be a terrific workout for me. So, I have decided to go ahead and give both a shot.
The 3K is scheduled for Friday evening at 7:50 PM. This is a short race, probably the shortest I can go in distance in order to run decently. I haven't raced many 3Ks, but I am shooting for a target time of 8:30 give or take. The 5K will be Saturday around 2:35 PM. I really have no idea what I'll run after having raced a 3K less than 24 hours before, but I figure I can't go wrong giving it a shot and achieve a potentially great workout. Again, these certainly aren't "big" races for me, but they are great opportunities to work in some quality training. There are times where you run races to get fitter.
This should be fun! I am looking forward to running on the awesome banked track I once trained/raced on during college. I also got a new pair of spikes(the Saucony Endorphin LD4), and they held up well while I did 8 x 600m in them. They are nothing but awesome.