Maximum Week

After having looked at the official results for last Sunday’s 5K, it seems that my AG win was not such a gimme after all. There were eight of us 50-59 guys running, and three of us broke 21:00. Memo to self: Turn around after finishing. You might see something interesting!

This is my maximum week in this marathon cycle. I missed a long run on Sunday to stroke my vanity with that 5K, so made amends with a 15-miler on Monday, my “rest” day. It’s not surprising that Wednesday’s intervals (6 X 1000m @ 5K pace w/3 minute recoveries) were slow by about 10 seconds per mile. This is playing with fire, as fitness can actually deteriorate if you’e not in shape to do your workouts properly. The last one was the fastest though, and I’ll probably get away with it since taper starts next week. Don’t try this at home, kids!

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2 Responses to “Maximum Week”


  1. 1 Flo July 3, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I wouldn’t worry about deteriorating fitness, you have to remember there is no speedwork you can do that will match the work of an actual 5K. 6K at 5k pace after having just done a 5K? Bah, you’re fit as a fiddle, even with being 10 seconds over. Can’t believe you’re already going to taper again. Marathoning in July…weird. 🙂

    • 2 jime2 July 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm

      I’m not worried, but I’m aware that it can happen. The extra run will push this week into the 85+ mile range. I remember listening to some college kids at the finish of my first race. One of them remarked that he had done some 60-mile weeks, and I thought “That’s insane!”
      As for the July marathon, we have the chilly Pacific breezes to thank for that. The temperatures dip in July and August. As the old joke has it: “You can tell who the tourists are, they’re the ones wearing shorts!”


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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
10K43:44
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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