Priorities. I love that word. Priorities depend on one's value, and everybody's values are different. I'd go so far to say that if you find two people with exactly the same value, then you've found an alternate reality! LOL... As far as training goes, my referee activity and training are about on equal footing. I'm not going to give up time on the pitch this year for training. That's kinda how this race has sneaked up on me.
You see. I have two (or less) weeks until race day, and I wanted to do two half marathon race simulations. The first one, obviously, to see what went wrong, and then second one to nail my pacing. Three weekends of reffing in a row infringed on this, and I only managed one race simulation.
We've been having some really nasty weather here in the south lately, which is fine. BRING IT! I need water back in my lakes. But yea, I know... It's nothing like the blizzards my friends up north have been experiencing. Just wet, soggy, and cold. I don't mind running in the cold. I don't mind running when its wet. I do mind running when its wet AND cold. Brrrrrrrr!
After much thought, I surrendered and went to the gym. I always hate driving to the gym to run on the treadmill, only to see some overachiever out there braving the elements :-) The thought of 12 miles on the treadmill did not excite me. It helps to prepare one mentally for the boredom. I arrive at the gym to find the treadmills pretty empty. The middle of the day on the weekend is a great time to run at the gym. I pick out my treadmill, key in my stats, and off I go.
The idea was a 1.5 mile warm up, then 3 miles at 8:45, 3 miles at 8:30, then 3 miles at 8:15, followed by a 1.5 mile cool down. I knew this was going to hurt, but that's all part of the preparation :-) I do my warm up, kick it in, and the Garmin reports I'm running a 8:20 pace. Fine. They are never in sync anyways. I bang out my 3 miles and everything is fine. I up my pace and start my second 3 miles. I'm a little sore, and it was starting to get hard. People come and go around me on the other treadmills, but I am a fixture this day.
I complete the second set of 3 miles right after my 60 minutes was up. I got a short short break while I reset the treadmill and took off again. I groaned as I upped the speed again. Garmin reports an 8:10 pace. Half way through the first mile, I'm dying, and the negotiations start. At the end of the first mile, I finally give in and slow down. I finish up the last 2 miles of the third set at a sub-9 pace. The warm down... meh... it was a warm down. I did whatever I wanted.
Overall, I ran 12 miles at 9:03 pace, well below what I need to go sub-2 at my race next weekend. In this regard, I am pleased. I would have liked to match my buds that have been turning in some impressive half marathon times/PRs. Reality is that I'm not quite ready for that pace. I want a healthy PR in this stand alone half marathon. There will always be time later, for harder efforts.
Happy hump day, y'all!