Sunday, March 9, 2008

Weekly Update

Monday I discovered a new way to do my speedwork. I was waiting for my wife to come pick me up after track practice (I've been coaching at the middle school), and she got stuck in traffic, so I had a half hour to kill. Rather that sit there and do nothing, I started running around the parking lot. I did three sets of four laps around the parking lot ranging from 51 to 61 seconds per lap. I measured the distance when I got home. Each lap is about 260 meters. It was a pretty good workout. I plan to do that again soon.

Tuesday, we had our first track meet of the season. Like the cross-country team earlier in the year, we have a very small team, most of them 6th graders. The kids did a good job at the meet. The kids were able to learn a lot from the experience, and make some plans for improving their times. On a personal note, I had a little pre-meet highlight. I went over my first hurdle since high school. It was pretty sweet! And based on the kids reaction, I must still have pretty good form.

Thursday, I got up early for a tempo run. It was a tough run and a good workout. I also learned that I really need to work on my pace. I started out way too fast. I still had pretty good splits, but wasn't able to keep up that pace. After work, we made some progress in our garden. Which is no small feat in the rock hard soil we have here in Arizona. So, now we have some cucumbers and zucchini planted. We're still planning on getting some more yummy veggies planted before too long.

Saturday, I headed out with my wife and the girls. The plan was to do three miles with them and then go for seven more on my own, hopefully repeating the run I had a few weeks ago. That didn't work out as well as I'd hoped, but it was still a good run. Again, I realized I need to work on pacing. That will definitely be a focus in the next couple weeks.

Boston is about six weeks out, and I still have a lot of work to do. I plan on getting to the track for some speedwork and pacing, get in some longer tempo runs, and get my long run up around 20 miles. Should be fun!


nwgdc said...

6 weeks!? Man, time is flying. I stumbled across this piece, which may help you with pace predictions for boston (it course-adjusts your pace for the hills)

can you tell i've got a little bit of an obsession with boston? :)

nwgdc said...

sorry...that last link didn't work.

try this:

bill carter said...

Hi Reid

It sounds like everything is going well with your training. I am really getting excited for my 2nd Boston and know that you will find the experience amazing.

Nic is right about the pacing... Boston is not like any of the other marathons I have run. Even the pace bracelets from the expo, have really uneven splits because the race is pretty easy for the first half, but the hills in the second half can come back to get you. I was just looking at my splits from last year, bib #4882, finished 1706 and know that the second half got me pretty good.

Best of luck with your training and hopefully we can meet up in Boston.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Whoa??!! Boston and a garden in Arizona?? Good for you. I love the multi-tasking parking lot work out where you were waiting for your wife.

Good luck with your prep for Boston. I know you will rock (no dogs there, right?)

Shilingi-Moja said...

Good luck on your last 6 weeks prep for Boston.