Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Sun, Run, and Spring. Yes!!
Longer days, an especially sunny start to March, little or no precipitation and a great time out running have made for a nice transition from skiing to running this spring. I actually started running a bit back in February and have continued off and on since. March 1st marked the "150 days until the Grand Island Marathon" and I started it off with a nice easy 7 miler. I am hoping to hit 30 miles this week and hold there for a few weeks until I bump up to 40. Back in the good old days (when i was in the 20's) I could stop skiing one day and hit a 5 minute mile and crank out 40 mile weeks without any transition whatsoever. Now days I have to be a bit more away of my old, creaky body to ensure I don't get injured. Gradual mileage increases and plenty of easy running.
BUT, a big key to keeping fairly competitive (and winning my age group at Grand Island) will be a focus on SPEED. Speedwork used to be 4x1 mile at 5:10, or a 16:00 5k race. This spring its 3x1 mile at 6:00 or so, or a 5k in 19:20ish. That's the reality of being 44. Can't wait for next year though - that 45-49 age group is going to have a bunch of OLD guys in it!! hahahahaha.