Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Instilling Confidence, sorta

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!

Wes

15 comments:

Kim said...

i have no doubt wes that you will KILL that half-mary :) i get a little redemption myself, as i am running a half on 3/20 in aruba - i hope to do half as well as you :)

The Lazy Triathlete said...

Don't sweat it on a dreadmill. At least for me they are mentally tougher!!

Jess said...

You'll be ready!

Lisa said...

that half marathon will be yours!

Michelle said...

That should instill a lot of confidence - awesome job! You're going to have a great race!

iJuls said...

Awesome job, Wes. I hate the dreadmill but it does have value.

Kim said...

ps, i think we should reward ourselves if we both hit a PR on our half marys on 3/20.... what do you think?!

Smithposts said...

Great job on the mill, Wes! I look forward to your 1/2 marathon stories, no doubt you will do yourself proud! The negotiations" made me smile, I know that process well!

Darrell said...

12 on the t-mill, makes you stud in my eyes.

Andy said...

Uggh, the dreadmill! I was at LA Fitness last Sat when it rained... = big mistake. There were so many people it took me 15 min to get one. I banged out 9 miles. I think I will be teasing the 2 hour mark this year. But for me it is just about finishing this race at this distance, this time of year.

You got through a bit over 50% of the race Sub 8:20's. You should be cruising for a PR :) Hopefully I might see you next Weekend. If not, have a great race. Also, what is your race number?

Colleen said...

Dreadmill running is probably the worst. For you to crank out 12 miles at a 9:03 pace is awesome. I think you might rock this half in a few weeks. :)

Stuart said...

Sub 2:00 it's in the bank!

My Life and Running said...

Is your PR still a 2:07? I think you'll smoke it!

ironfor40 said...

Awesome Wes!!! I can't believe you banged that out on the treadmill!!! YOU ROCK!

Joe said...

Hope this week goes well for you, Wes!! Excited to see how the HM goes.