Coming Up

I am recovering nicely from that half. Four slow miles yesterday, Seven faster miles today. Speedwork tomorrow! Nothing too onerous, just a couple of 3/4 mile bursts at 6:45 with a 3-minute jog between. I think having a 7-day schedule with easy days instead of rest days leads to quicker recoveries.

So now the Kaiser is out of the way, it’s time to look ahead. There are some nice races at three week intervals. Next up is the LMJS Couples Relay (2 x 5K) on the 22nd, then the Emerald Across the Bay 12K next month. That’s a hilly 12K with nice views, like a miniature Big Sur. Might try for 55 minutes or better. Magdalena Lewy Boulet won the womens race in 41:01 (5:30 pace) last year. Three weeks after that is the Brickyard, a 4 or 8 mile out-and-back along an abandoned road in Martinez. The prizes are bricks! That one’s quite hilly too. After that there’s a four week gap before Big Sur. I’ll make predictions about that closer to the day, when I see how my training is doing.


4 Responses to “Coming Up”

  1. 1 Loraine February 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I’m not sure I could ever switch to a 7-day schedule but since I eventually would like to up the number of times I run a week (without getting injuries!) I’d like to know what you do for an ‘easy’ day.

    Prior to going 7 days, was was your schedule?
    Thanks Jim.

    • 2 jime2 February 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

      Hi Loraine. I ran 4 days a week, as dictated by the RW Smartcoach that I was following at the time. That was OK, but when my weekly mileage got to around 50, I stiffened up a bit on my days off. I discovered by accident that running 2 easy miles on a rest day fixed the stiffness problem, but I still thought of them as rest days. So it was not much of a jump to running 7 days from that. I already had my shoes on 🙂

  2. 3 Flo February 6, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Lol, I wanna win me a brick, where do I sign up? Sounds like you’ve got a nice schedule ahead of you. Yay, more race reports for our viewing pleasure!!

    • 4 jime2 February 6, 2009 at 8:58 am

      I wanna brick too, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get one. Looking at previous results, I need to run a 7:30 pace on a hilly course to get into brick territory. Hmmm. maybe that’s possible 😉

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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