Friday, January 07, 2011

House of Pain

not much happening in my world these days.  work.  run.  family.  rinse and repeat.

I decided to make this week a recovery week, which actually fits nicely into my three week cycle.  I’ve been pretty focused on 4 miles.  4 MILES.  every day :-)  Except for today.  Today, I am going to run 3 miles easy, in anticipation of my 5K time trial tomorrow.

You see, I’ve been doing my easy runs on flat at a 9:30 pace.  I’ve been doing my tempo runs on hills, at a 9:30 pace, and my heart rate never climbs out of zone 2.  This tells me that my fitness has improved, and I, in truth, have no idea where that fitness is.

That is why, tomorrow, in the sub-40 degree weather, I will be heading to the track to run a 5K.  My goals will be as follows:

  • Ignore the watch (don’t look)
  • Ignore the heart rate (don’t look, no cheating)
  • hold a little sumfin sumfin back

The idea here is to set a benchmark, but at a level that I can continue to race against for the rest of the year.  I don’t want to entirely sandbag.  That would be a waste of time, but it should be challenging enough to make me work harder to beat it for the rest of the year.

Can I set an unofficial 5K PR?  My fitness tells me that I can, but actions speak louder than words…

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Wes

12 comments:

Kim said...

go run your tits off wes! good luck!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I have to turn certain features off on my watch when I have runs like this. I always cheat and look if I know I can. Call me weak :)

Lisa said...

Go for it!

Lily on the Road said...

I love a good balls out run (not that I have any) without looking at the watch, nor caring that my heartbeat is breaking my eardrums...sometimes you just have to do it...

Joe said...

Good plan...enjoy the set up for the 5K.

Winter is like this...quietly "paying the price" for enjoyable spring and then fall efforts.

Have fun on the track!

it's all about pace said...

my training partners and I did a 3ish mile benchmark yesterday... nothing like drawing a line in the sand...

good luck

LBTEPA said...

you have a great weekend too darl :)

Rainmaker said...

Wait - are you trying to insinuate that I need to run more than 3 miles this year? Based on your peer pressuring post, that seems to be the case.

Hmm...

Good luck with the 5K!

Colleen said...

Hope it went well! :)

ironfor40 said...

I already know the result to this. Ha!! That is the benefit of being behind on blog reading but up to date on facebook! ;>) Nice work mistah wes!!!

Perry said...

I think you can set a 5K PR. Although, 5Ks hurt.

Michelle said...

Already gave you a shout-out on FB, but I'll say it again - woohoo!!!!!!