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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Running and Racing

Well I completed my first full week of running last week, 35 miles total (5 days of running). Like any good runner, I probably jumped in a little too fast and did more than I should have. By the end of the week my legs were tired and heavy. Live and learn, light on the learn.

Things I did learn last week:
  • My endurance did not suffer too much, surprisingly.
  • My easy pace is roughly what it was before I got injured (with a slightly higher heartrate)
  • My speed is essentially gone compared to what it was.
So I guess I need to find a nice slow, long race to run, right? Um no, I'll be heading to Lincoln, RI this weekend for the Rhody 5k, part of the USATF New England Grand Prix series. Talk about a humbling experience. Yikes! Hopefully I'll be able to score a few points for my team (if I'm lucky).

For the first time in a long time I actually added a couple of races to my race schedule (as opposed to deleting them for the last few weeks). I've penciled in the Bow Lake Dam 15k on June 13th and the Exeterra 10M Trail Race on June 20th.


CHRIS J. DUNN said...

What's the race plan for the Bow Lake Dam 15k?

Steve Wolfe said...

Chris, the extent of my plan was to put it on my calender. Honestly, probably just gonna wing it. Maybe I can extrapolate a pace from my 5k this weekend... Suggestions?

Scotty "PHAT" Graham said...

Hold on Steve, you were scheduled to run UP the rock pile on the 20th. From what I've heard the footing on Mt Washington is better then the race you're planning to run.

Steve Wolfe said...

Oh, I could have 'run' up Mt Washington but I've already done that. I was looking for a better performance than previous years. That wasn't going to happen this year so I bagged it. Now you don't have to look at my backside for an hour and a half :-)

CHRIS J. DUNN said...

I guess if I were you I'd set my Bow Lake Dam 15k goals after racing this weekend. How you performed and how you recover in the 72 hours following the effort will give you an excellent sense of your race readiness. As you know, there's approximately 2k of climbing at roughly the 10k mark. I suspect you'll be pretty fast through that first 10k but if you're not 100% hammering that climb may be foolhardy. I'd hate to see you set back after you've come this far. That said...our motto is still "dare mighty things". Either way I'm hoping to keep you in sight at least through the first half of the race.