Sunday, January 25, 2009

I'm back...7 mile run (52:16) plus drills

After a week off from running I finally got out for a run on Sunday morning. It was windy this morning so I got in a little AVRT (Antelope Valley Resistance Training...for you new readers). There was a only a one mile stretch (mile 2.5 to 3.5) that was directly into the wind. It ended up being a progression run of sorts since almost each mile was a little faster than the next. Here are the splits 8:10, 7:41, 7:44, 7:28, 7:17, 7:02, 6:57. Total time for 7 miles was 52:16 (avg pace 7:28).

I finished up the workout with some form drills and sprints with the wind and the last sprint into the wind.

We closed on our house about 2 weeks ago and have been very busy making the new house livable and getting ready to move. This weekend we started cleaning the blinds in the new house that had a thick layer of dust and dirt on them. The only reason I mention this is because I got a great shoulder workout holding up the blinds on Saturday while Andi sprayed them down in the shower.

Everyone knows the economy is bad. It seems to be the headliner almost every day now. Interestingly, it has not affected road racing entries. Actually, races are filling up faster than ever. The Boston Marathon is almost at its capacity, and the upcoming Surf City Marathon , half marathon, and 5k are all sold out. Finally, the economy is starting to affect the running community. The Center for High Altitude Training in Flagstaff, AZ is closing due to budget cuts at NAU. Dr. Jack Daniels was the head coach and elite athlete advisor there. I quote Dr. Daniels frequently in my blog and have recommended his book Daniels' Running Formula as a must read. Friends of Dr. Jack Daniels have started a site to help out him and his family so that they may be able to stay in the Flagstaff area. Read more about this project here.

Other Universities, including Stanford, are discussing the possibility of "trimming" programs.

Lastly, a 32 year old woman named Kelly Jaske, from Oregon was runner-up at the USA half marathon championships in Houston a week ago. She never ran in high school or college and shocked everyone by running 1:12:06 and beating an amazing field including former Olympians. She is currently being coached by Brad Hudson, who also coaches Dathan Ritzenhein. One of the first things he changed in her training was a DROP in mileage from 120 to 100 per week! Check out her flotrack post race interview here. Very cool!

Track and Field Videos on Flotrack


Ron said...

Didnt quite get your comment....please explain. I felt good during and after I am sore but not anymore than Im getting used to. I am wondering if I should do more on the weekend. After all I wouldnt run the race distance a few weeks before but my book says to do it. Good to hear your posting again these last 2 weeks with no posts kinda takes the fun out of it. I like hearing your running stuff...when are you going to get a road bike?

Ron said...

Awesome video....people and bodies are so funny. You would just never know whos out there. Adds to the skys the limit notion.