Seems like I haven't been blogging much lately, except for a race report now and then. I'm going to try to be a little better about that - put a little more of myself back into the blog, instead of thinking I can concentrate on Northern Nevada and Tahoe-specific running stuff.
So, where am I right now? I've been training for the Rock 'n' River half marathon again, using the same training schedule that I wen't through in 2008 and 2009. My goal will once again be 1:30, which I failed to meet at both of those previous races. However, I'm in a better place to do it now - a better base built up, been hitting the numbers on the plan even better, and I'm a more knowledgeable runner, both about myself and running in general. Add to that my half marathon PR creeping down back at the Davis Stampede, and I should have much more confidence going into the race in a month.
That said, I had a workout the other morning that rattled my confidence a bit. The training plan I'm on calls for biweekly "half marathon simulations" - about 6 miles easy, 5-7 at race pace, and a 1-2 mile cool down. I've been doing those on the treadmill, as with my intervals, to force myself to keep the pace where I need it. As I mentioned, the numbers have been right on - all my workouts have been at or above the paces I've wanted. Yesterday morning, though, I had a half marathon simulation to do, and couldn't make it through the race pace section. The six easy miles felt a little sluggish, and as soon as I bumped up the speed, I started feeling myself wearing down. Three miles into the seven I wanted to quit, and hung on until mile four, at which point I just had to back off and do a mile cool down. That still left me with a solid 11 miles for the day, but it didn't feel good quitting early. I'm going to chalk it up to the bug that's going through my family - although I don't feel sick, and am not hacking coughs like my wife and daughter, I must have a slight bit of it. Yep. That's what I'm going to tell myself.
Today called for an easy 45 minute run, and I wanted to get out on the trails for it. Met Ryan, a member of my Odyssey team, up near Evans Creek canyon, and did a loop over to Keystone Canyon and through a bit of Rancho San Rafael. I had forgotten how to run and talk at the same time, since I've been running alone so much. Almost fell a couple times while trying to carry on a conversation. But it was a beautiful morning, and while still a bit chilly, I'm glad spring is on the way. Ryan pushed me a bit, especially on the uphills, and my legs are now nicely fatigued.
Mondays and Fridays are rest days on my plan, and I'm looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow morning. Also looking froward to trying to share a bit more here. Thanks, everyone -