I've had some good suggestions from a couple of experienced runners in response to my pondering what to do next on the running front. I think part of my problem is a lack of patience and wanting to be where I was fitnesswise before I fell in that stupid hole in the ground in August 2010. The good news is that I have survived the first half of the track season and can look forward to extending my racing distances in 2012. The most sensible approach will be to focus on 3K and 5K in the short term, while slowly building up training distance. Maybe a half marathon mid year could be a sensible goal and then think about Melbourne marathon IF the body remains happy. Distance is still calling me and there is unfinished marathon business! I'm not sure about track nationals, it's too soon to expect to run a quick 10K, but there's still the 5K and cross country to at least think about. My approach to those kinds of events is more to do with being able to shoot for PBs. I don't have any delusions of grandeur of being able to make massive improvements and be in the hunt for medals. If I attend it's because I think I am running well and could achieve some PBs. We will see!
I attended the last ACTVAC track event for 2011 on Thursday. Events on my list included the 2K turkey run, the Parlouf relay and anything else that I felt inclined towards. Original plans were to run the 2K as quickly as I could and shoot for a time close to 8:05. However, poor sleep and tired legs from training had my body telling me it wasn't up for a hard session. Instead I chose to run it at what I thought could be my current 5K pace - 4:20min/K. So I ran aiming to come in at 8:40. The start was a tad quick, but after that I settled into a good steady pace and managed to finish in 8:35.17. Not good enough to take the turkey prize, but a pretty well judged pace without a watch. I'm not sure I could have held that pace for a full 5K at the time, but on fresh legs I think it would be quite doable.
|The lovely Margaret and Ruth getting into the festive spirit at the last ACTVAC Track and Field meet for 2011|
Monday - another day off
Tuesday - 4 x 400m - 96, 93, 92, 93 (2 min recovery/rep); 4 x 200m - 43, 43, 44, 44 (1 min recovery/rep); 2 x 100m 20, 19 (30 sec recovery/rep). Total distance 7K with warm up and cool down
Wednesday - Run that included the Little Black Mountain loop - 9.2K @ 6:15min/K pace, I saw KT, Missie and SB while out on this run. All looking fit and fast!
Thursday - Track 2000m; 100m walk 'sprint'; Parlouf relay - 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m - always a hoot doing that relay!
Friday - easy 7K run, although my legs were seriously sore and tired from all that parlouf 'sprinting', a reminder that I so am not designed to sprint or even to run particularly fast!