Monday - 8mi/55min in Pisgah w/Fyffe and Griffin. Beautiful sunny day. I left Jen in the woods waiting for me at the gate, while we ran home. Oops!
Tuesday - 0mi
Wednesday - 10mi*/67min - Track workout 10x200m(32-31 sec avg) w/Fyffe and George.(James there also). Nice and easy workout. Lifted weights.
Thursday - 9mi/63min in Pisgah w/Ferenc and the Girls. Trails are 100% clear of snow and ice. Usually they're not clear until the 2nd week of April. Lower back is tight.
Friday - 8mi/52min in Pisgah w/Griffin. Good run saw some wood ducks and black ducks. I did some yoga to loosen up my back. It seemed to help.
Saturday - 5mi/35min in Pisgah w/Griffin and (Jen). Drove down to Norfolk, MA to stay with Jen's brother's family the night before New Bedford.
Sunday - 17mi*/1:45 - New Bedford Half Marathon - 1:12:45(5:33) 38th?? (I'm not in the results - faulty chip?)
I wasn't sure about my fitness for this race, but I thought I should be very close to last year's time (1:10:26) + or - 30sec. I ended up really struggling out there and tanking. I'm not sure what happened. I really think the heat may have affected me a little bit. I'm notoriously the biggest wimp I know in hot weather, I love running in the cold. My breathing and legs felt fine, I just kept running slower. I've noticed that trend with me in warmer weather. I also dumped a lot of water on my head which is a sure sign that I was over-heated. It wasn't that hot out, but that's really the only thing I can think of. I'll let my miles tell the story:
1mi - 5:14 - felt very relaxed, no stress, breathing good
2mi - 5:18 - still relaxed, enjoying myself
3mi - 5:33 - hitting the hills, purposefully running very easy. Others around me breathing heavier
4mi - 5:39 - in the hills, again holding back, last year I was hurting bad here, running w/Dan and Al
5mi - 5:17 - I felt fine, expected that mile to be a bit faster though
6mi - 5:25 - Dan V. running away from me, I'm slowing down, not sure why
7mi - 5:14 - That's more like it, feeling hot, this is my final push to get back on pace
8mi - 5:33 - that sucked, into the wind, group went by, couldn't latch on. UH OH
9mi - 5:52 - Oh man. I'm tanking. Hold on, keep plugging away.
10mi - 5:32 - 54:38 split. That's 1min 10sec slower than last year. Slower than DH Jones, I'm always faster here then at DH Jones. I am hot. Where's the water? 2 cups on the head.
11mi - 5:45 - Scott Leslie goes flying by.
12mi - 5:44 - This hill sucks. There goes Al Bernier
13.1mi - 6:35 - finally finished, that was rough!
I had a nice cool down with the guys and enjoyed a fish sandwich and some chowder.
Total: 57miles for the week. Time to go into Vermont City Mode!