So how did week 1 of the new program go? OK so far. I’ve been learning to do my recovery runs reeeeeal slooow – 9:30 to 10:00 – to not waste any energy that I’ll need on the other days.

Today was the big test, taking the new 7:30 marathon pace out for a spin. The assignment: 15 miles, with 8 of them at M.P. I was nervous during the 7 mile warmup. The internal dialog went something like this:

This is insane. It’s not much slower than my 10k PR, and it’s 30% further!
Ahem, a certain recent marathon time, over hills into a headwind, says Yes You Can!
Oh, OK then.

The Garmin beeped the 7th mile, and I accelerated.

Hmmm, Doesn’t feel too bad now I’m doing it. But 8 miles?
One mile. See how accurate you can be.

Taking it one mile at a time did the trick. I averaged 7:28, with the slowest mile being 7:31, fastest 7:26.
Yes I Can! So now that 10k PR is looking a little vulnerable…


3 Responses to “Testing…”

  1. 1 Flo May 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I’ll say, find a 10K quick! Find any race quick, I have a feeling all your PRs are vulnerable right now.

  2. 2 Jim E May 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Well, Flo. It so happens I am racing next week, but it’s a trail race, the Tilden Tough Ten. Of which more later..
    But yeah, I need to attack some of those shorter PRs. They’re looking kinda weedy next to yours these days. 🙂

  3. 3 Christi May 11, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Jim, sounds like you had a great week of training! I hope you do whip out a 10k PR. Oh wait, you will whip it out!!!!!

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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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