Slow and easy…

Release the Kraken! ~ Zeus

Thurs 11 Mar: 00:30, 2 miles, Shoe testing in Boulder
Sat 13 Mar: 00:40, 4.42 miles, Sloppy ‘hood run with surges

Two relatively mellow runs in prep for tomorrow’s long effort. Feeling okay, not great. Looking to make some footwear adjustments to try to adjust to my stride changes. Tested that out today and will shoot for testing again for part of tomorrow’s run.

My next race is two weeks away. Time is flying right now and I am looking to set up crew and pacers for Leadville soon. Still working out all the details but the target is approaching and will be here before I know it. Feeling like I am on track for sure.

Getting some Spring cleaning done as well and am hoping to finish out the garage attic as my new office this summer. We’ll see how that goes. It is stuffed with well… stuff right now so that has to be dealt with first then we can move on to the actual build out. We’re also making some big strides at work right now, which is nice. Good to have goals and to have some momentum building.

That’s about it for now. Check in again tomorrow for a run report. Going to be out there for 4:40 and the weather is supposed to be a bit crappy so it could get interesting.


Patience is a virtue…

But I’m angry now. ~ Homer Simpson

Tues 9 Mar: 00:48, 4.8 miles, ‘hood surges
Wed 10 Mar: 2:01, 14.3 miles, Westview tempo

Janet’s call for patience seems to have paid off as the last two days featured pretty fantastic running. I tend to want to get after it when I slip on the trainers and, subsequently, find myself in a hole later in long runs. So I really worked on starting things off slow and easy (yesterday, especially) and it seems to have paid off thus far.

I focused solely on keeping my heartrate down during the warm up phase of yesterday’s run and, aside from one section that was exclusively uphill, was successful. Then I did a bunch of surges and felt fairly mechanical. In a good way.

Today, I jammed down to Boulder to meet up with the crew for a tempo run. I was a bit late getting started so my warm-up splits were a bit quicker than I intended and I also hooked up very quickly with another runner who is close to peaking for the Paris Marathon. So yeah, he is quick. We ran together to the start then got our tempo on.

Honestly, I felt great today. Really just worked the patience mantra and focused on breathing until Art cut me loose at about mile 5 out of 6.5. Timed my kick pretty well today and finished strongly then ran another half an hour cool down and mileage. Great stuff.

Tomorrow is an easy day then I jam on into the weekend where I am hoping to get in a couple more good runs in. Long on Sunday. Should be a blast.