Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Race Week for CC Nationals

I feel like a college kid again. Excited yet nervous. On Saturday I will be running the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Lexington KY as a member of a mens Master team. Running in a Masters division may not have all perks and glam, as little is there is in USA distance running, but the competition remains stiff regardless what's waiting at the finish line. I plan to put myself out there and compete to the best of my ability and see how I rank among the field. The team Kelly has assembled looks to be very tough and just being a part of it is a true honor. I will post results as soon as I can once I get back but the quickest links will be off the USATF site or my Twitter or Facebook page.

Building up to this race the last two weeks has been enjoyable and I really haven't done any mind blowing workouts, and rather, I just wanted to make it to the start line healthy and fit, and I figured I would be able to hold my own. Lets hope it works! Most of my nagging injuries I had this fall have cleared up and it seems like I have settled into a nice training phase, a phase the should help me transition into base-phase for marathon training once I get back from this weekends race.

Here is a brief summary of the past two weeks:

Nov. 19th-25th
M: 32:40 easy running
Tu: 52:30 10 X 1 min. at 5:40/mi pace
We: 0 *patellar pain, do exercises
Th: 0 *same as yesterday
Fr: 40:00 7:30 pace plus 2 weight circuits
Sa: 54:00 snow, 5 X Baldy Hill in Hartley
Su: 1:35:00 skyline on slippery snow. Low back took a hit!
~36 miles

Nov. 26th-Dec. 2nd
M: 47:00 trails in Lester, sore from slipping yesterday
Tu: 0, exercises plus trip to Chiropractor
We: 57:00, Snap! treadmill workout 4 x .25@LT, .25@5K, .25 recovery
Th: 53:00 Hartley, last 20min. at LT
Fr: 37:00, tested spikes in Hartley, 5 X 100 meter pick ups
Sa: 59:00 Martin, Jean Duluth, 4 X 4 min @ 5:25-5:30 pace (windy)
Su: 1:28:00, neg split out and back by 2 minutes
~49 miles

Years Total: 1833 miles

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