Admittedly, I have been a touch negligent in keeping this blog updated with fresh content about my life and times. Shame on me.
In my defense, I've found it challenging to think of a worthy follow up to my jumping out of an airplane. Really... Where does one go after that?
I began by re-reading some of my recent posts and realized that it has been over a month since I have posted anything about running. Eureka! I've found some subject matter.
I'm in my 8th week of marathon training and things are going well. I've been fortunate and have not experienced the debilitating plantar fasciitis that crippled me for three key training weeks last year. I have been able to get in all of my long runs - including a couple of 16+ milers.
It's my speed, or more aptly put, lack of speed that's troubling. It happens every time my mileage ramps up. The higher my weekly mileage the slower I seem to go - even during my races, tempo runs and interval sessions my 'fast' is noticeably absent.
In terms of fitness I am in better shape today than I was just a few months ago. Yet I struggle running an easy 5-7 miles at my marathon goal pace of 8:00/mile. As a point of reference I ran a 10K in late May at a 6:48/mile pace. Right now it would be nothing short of a miracle to run a 5K at that pace.
Frustrated, I went out early on Monday morning and did some speed work - 4 x 1 mile repeats. I didn't break any records out there by I did manage to run some decent splits:
- Mile 1 - 6:16
- Mile 2 - 6:19
- Mile 3 - 6:20
- Mile 4 - 6:23
So where is my 'fast'? I am not too sure but I hope to find it this Sunday on my way from Central Park to Battery Park. I'll be sure to let you know...
PS - Congratulations to all that ran so well at the Team Championships 5 Miler! For me, the race was the middle 5 miles of a 16 mile morning. The NYRR photographers did happen to get a good photo of me... Looky, looky... I'm famous! (third row from the bottom - far right column - in the Hellgate singlet)