Sunday, October 11, 2009

Week Ending Oct. 11

Mon - Off

Tues -

am: 6 miles recovery. Soderburg to Arthurs and back. No watch.
pm: 5 miles track. 2 x (kilo, 8, 6, 4) w/ 200 rest, 400 between sets. half mile w/u, c/d. Paced with Alex A at just under marathon goal pace. Although I was sore and tired, pace felt good. It's probably not a great idea to be hitting the track two days after a hard marathon, but I like to do it anyway as I always feel better on active recovery.

Despite training all wrong for Dublin, with little to no specificity, I still think I have a shot at going under 2:40. Just praying the old sea level thing is worth a couple of minutes.

Weds - 6 miles recovery. Soderburg to Arthurs and back. Managed to keep the pace for the entire run at a very slow recovery pace. Normally when I get out for recovery runs, I get so bored with the pace that I end up slipping into my normal training pace. Today, for some reason, I found myself totally absorbed and focused in thought about goals for next season, and actually resolved to go about chasing a pretty lofty goal. Training begins Jan. 1. Until then, it's a question of working through my two remaining 'big' races and then getting some serious rest in Nov/Dec before what I expect to be the biggest block of training I will ever do. Putting this out there primarily for myself, but also as a means of keeping myself accountable, even if the message is somewhat cryptic at this stage (and buried in commentary about a six-mile Wednesday recovery run).

Thurs - 4 miles easy at Pineridge. No watch.

Fri - 8 miles easy (1,650'). Horsetooth/Audra. No watch.

Sat - 10.5 miles (2,000') with Pete at Horsetooth. Heavy, but light (weight) snow. Horsetooth - Westridge - Mill Creek - Loggers - Sawmill - Stout - Spring Creek - Falls. Cold, very cold.

Sun - 10.5 miles. Out with Pete, Eric and Laura from FCTR. Soderburg to Lory Visitors Center & back. East Valley out, West Valley back. Dirt was pretty icy. Beautiful morning for it.

Total: 50 miles (4,000')

Nothing more than a maintenance taper week. Probably a good thing I didn't race on Saturday as it is supposed to be about rest and recovery for Dublin right now. I'm really at sea with regards to Dublin goals. I have absolutely no quantitative evidence showing that I can run 2:40 on flat roads (or showing that I can't). My training has been about as non-specific as it could possibly be, and yet I still think I have the tools to get it done. I guess it'll be an experiment of one on how to train, or not train, for a road marathon.

After trying, and hating, the Nike Lunar Racing Flats at a local store, I decided to follow some advice from Justin Mock and got myself a pair of Brooks T6 racing flats for Dublin. These things weigh in at a featherlight 6.1 oz, so should be good for a few seconds per mile. Hopefully the attrition of wearing minimalist shoes won't take that all back through the last few miles. I've never run in a pair of racing flats, so I have no idea really.


  1. Love the Racer STs. Love em.

  2. So what kind of lofty goal are you going after?

  3. Nick, I'll run it by you next time we get out for a run.

  4. But the Lunars have space technology in them!

  5. Brandon - enjoy your space technology, but here on earth the Lunar Racer is just too narrow for this runner - Blisterville, Colorado.