TITLE: Easy, Unlike a Sunday Morning
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: October 01, 2007 7:33 PM
... with apologies to
It is not often anytime, let alone during marathon training,
that my Sunday long run is not focal point of my running week.
This week was different.
First, it was a recovery week that called for only a 12-mile
long run. That always shifts more of my attention to my in-week
track sessions, which this week consisted of two 10-milers:
Wednesday, consisting of 8x200m repeats followed by 5 miles
at marathon goal pace, and Wednesday, consisting of 7 miles
at marathon goal pace with relatively fast cool-down laps.
Second, I decided to run a 5K race on Saturday. On tired legs
from the two track workouts, I had low expectations. But I
figured the race vibe would be good for me, and besides I could
find out how much speed I had after a week of running.
My result was unexpectedly good. I finished in 21:26, which
was my 3rd fastest 5K ever and fastest since 2005, when I ran a
20:50 in June
20:44 in December.
I even "medaled", finishing second in my age group. And I even
felt good at the end -- could've run more! A good day.
Sunday's 9 miles was anticlimactic, a nice breather as I head
into my stiffest week of the year: 60 miles that ends with a
25-miler next Sunday. That will be a regular Sunday.
I woke up this morning to find that Haile Gebrselassie had
shaved 29 seconds off of the marathon world record
on a flat course at the Berlin Marathon. 2:04:26 requires
a phenomenal pace for 26.2 miles, about 4:45/mile, which
is almost incomprehensible to me. I'll keep working on an
8:30/mile pace and shoot for 8-minute miles on a great day.