Monday, August 09, 2010

Looking Ahead

An uneventful five miles at an easy pace this evening for a recovery run. Feeling great after yesterday's race. No soreness, aches, creakiness, etc. Good sign.

Will take my weekly rest day tomorrow. That'll help me rest up as Wednesday I'm planning on mile repeats at the track. That should be a good workout. Looking forward to it, have a feeling I'll break my mile PR, which shouldn't be too hard (5:31 on a hilly mile course at a cemetery).

Looking back on my training logs, I've been doing a lot of things right, but there are still some things I need to work on. For one is mileage. I've only been averaging in the mid-40s. I don't need (nor want) to get up in the 70-80 mile range like I do for ultras, but I do want to start consistently getting in the 50s for mileage. I've actually hit that a few times if I would start my training weeks on Sundays instead of Mondays, but still, would like to see it on my standardly structured weeks.

To make that happen, it won't take much. Need to consistently crank out a medium run of around 15 miles mid-week and/or do a double. But, I need to make it happen.

However, I am patting myself on the back a bit for getting in a lot of quality speed and tempo work the past few months. I'm still re-teaching my legs that speedier stuff and making good progress, and on the longer runs, my legs definitely are remembering, which is good. Also have been very good about doing ab workouts 5-6 days a week and push-ups three days a week.

Haven't written about weight in a while. That's because it's no longer a concern. Been averaging around 173-174 lbs. lately, which is right where I want to be (I was at 192 at the beginning of summer). The metabolism can handle eating more food now, and in fact it's demanding it, and all without gaining any weight. That affords more liberty in food choices as well, but overall I've still been eating really healthy. However, it is nice to once again occasionally indulge in some ice cream or a beer that isn't light.

Ran 5.4 miles @ 7:52/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Mostly flat.
Around 80 degrees, overcast, muggy.
Saucony Kinvaras, shorts, singlet.


ashleyjane36 said...

Hearing about your weight is awesome. That's great when it's something you don't even have to worry about. Good luck with the mid-week runs :-)


Impressive racing and training looking good, happy days:]