Thursday, September 23, 2010

2nd Day at the MDC - Already Smashing Goals

Today I went back to the West Hartford Reservior.  Last time I ran counter-clockwise, so this time I ran clockwise since I don't know which direction the race will be going on Sunday.  After today's run, my guess is that they will run the race clockwise, though I admit that I believe I'd prefer a clockwise run since the uphill is much more sudden and early on when you have more energy and the back half of the run is a series of slow declines. If I warm my legs up sufficiently before the race, I should be able to make it up the hills and across the flat around I believe reservior 5 or 6 to the race midpoint in a good pace; the hill workout certainly helped me find a way to run hills much more efficiently.  After the mid-point, the trail begins it's series of long declines.  Today I found myself getting mentally tired about 3/4 way through, so I'm hoping the race will give me a different state of mind to rely on to push myself.  Other than that, I don't doubt I will attempt letting myself be pulled by gravity more down the hills to try and gain distance.  I found if I keep my breathes shorter, it feels less likely that I'll get a side stitch like I did yesterday.  So deeper breathes on the straight away, shorter on the downhill.  If I can pull all of that off, I bet I can knock off a minute at most.

Today's Workout:

Distance:  3.4 miles (5.5k)
Time:  22:37 (6:49/mile)
Music of choice: Missy Higgins

Yesterday I told you I was hoping to race sub-21 on Sunday.  Taking today's time for 3.4 miles as a proportion, I would have a 20:37 5k time.  So I've already gone sub-21 minutes.   I guess I only have sub-20 minutes left on my previous predictions; that's about 13 seconds per mile faster.  Keep the uphill strides efficient, don't let the downhill ruin my diaphragm, and do as much as I can to keep up my pace on the straight aways.  I think I can do it.  That is if they run the race in a clockwise direction.


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