T-Minus 15 Days.


I’m 15 days out from my last race of the year. I’m into my taper, more or less, but still trying to maintain some decent speed. Yesterday was originally supposed to be an off day, but the weather was so nice that I couldn’t resist a little speed.

I didn’t do anything too fancy – 5 x 400m and 3 x 800m. Considering I haven’t done a lot of speedwork, I was very pleased to knock off the quarters in about 75 seconds and the halves in about 2:40.

I’m still trying to figure out my game plan for Mendon – it’s a deceptively tough course – +/- 5,000 feet of elevation over 50km.

In the meantime, I’ve slipped into second place in the USATF Niagra Ultra Series. While I was sitting on my couch last weekend, Michael Bray was running 50 miles around Canandaigua Lake. He finished 6th overall, which vaulted him into first place in the Ultra Series. I’m just four points behind. Mendon is the last race in the series. Fun times.

Have you done any good speed workouts lately?

Do you ever change your workout last minute because of the weather?

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3 Responses to T-Minus 15 Days.

  1. KrisLawrence says:

    I have done ZERO speed workouts lately but its cool to see that you can just bust out 2:40 800’s like its no thing. Have a great race and enjoy that taper!

  2. Piper's Run says:

    I just had my big last race last weekend and have two 5k’s in the next few months. I haven’t done good speed work in over a month! Good luck with your taper.

  3. My rate of injury seems to go up significantly when I start worrying about fast paces and speed. I am coming to accepting that I am just not built for speed. Endurance, on the other hand, is becoming my new love. I’m focusing on strength training to improve endurance and stamina, balance, and to reduce late run fatigue. I’m building my long runs and I’m training my mind and body to be completely comfortable with 2 – 21/2 hour runs, which seems to be going very well. So I’m going to take advantage of what my body apparently likes to do and not force the speed issue for now.

    And yes, I most certainly adjust workouts to take advantage of (or to avoid) weather. I will also make last minute adjustments if I happen to get out of work a little early, for example. Especially this time of year – if I can squeeze in 3-4 miles outside in the waning daylight instead of having to hit the treadmill, I will re-arrange my whole day!

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