A sobering workoutFebruary 20, 2007
My training and racing plans have changed somewhat since I last summarized them. It turns out that I have a job interview in New Jersey on March 2nd, putting me in the general vicinity of the USATF 50K road championship to be held on Long Island on March 4th. The limited prize money offered at this race (e.g., $150 for 1st place) isn’t likely to draw a super-duper elite field; last year, Jason Saitta claimed victory with a respectable 3:05:59, but 2nd place was 3:22. Since there is a $350 bonus for breaking Saitta’s course record, my plan (pending the cooperation of my competitors) is to win with a time of, oh, 3:05:45 or so. If I can indeed cruise to an uncontested triumph, I should recover quickly enough to be in top form at the USATF 100K championship on April 7th.
Speaking of the 100K, I had originally hoped to run it at an average pace of 6:25 per mile. Then came Saturday’s workout, at which I tried to run 6:20s for 41.5 miles over moderately rolling terrain similar to that of the race. I felt fine while accompanied by Scott (miles 3 to 25) and Uli (miles 7 to 36), but the last five miles were disastrous, and I wound up averaging 6:22 rather than 6:20. Before (or while) you mock me for my melodramatic perfectionism, note that my average pace would have suffered a lot more had I run any further. And that’s a concern, since I had wanted to average 6:25 for the full 100K race. Guess I’d better shoot for 6:30s instead.
All in all, this world domination thing is shaping up to be less straightforward than I’d thought. Damn.
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Jan. 28: 36.6 miles in Seward Park at 6:23/mile pace
Feb. 11: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em 5K (1st place, 15:15; won a box of chocolates)
Feb. 17: 41.5 miles in Seward Park at 6:22/mile pace
Mar. 4: Caumsett Park 50K
Mar. 22: final long run (25-30 miles at 6:25/mile pace)
Mar. 31: 5,000-meter run at Spring Break Open track meet
Apr. 7: Mad City 100K