Thursday, January 3, 2008
Thursday 18 miles.
I finally "crashed" today... sort of. I had planned to run a marathon specific workout on Left Hand Cyn. (see above elevation profile), which I did, but fatigue got the better of me and I went in to survival mode just to finish. Matt Reed joined me for this and crushed me. Matt is ranked #1 in the US for ITU triathlon.. in other words the dude is bad ass. He's a super fish with uber-cyclist legs that can run a 30:XX 10k off the bike. The workout was 2 miles warm-up then: 5 X 1 mile up Left Hand Cyn. at goal marathon pace with 1' rests after each/ followed by a steady 5 mile descent at goal marathon pace (5:30-5:40). Sounds easy.. ha.
Mile 1 was 5:31. Then Matt dropped me and held the pace I had wanted.. I struggled just to break 6:00 pace. HR averaged 173 for the 5 miles.. On the descent we eased up at mile 4 which we ran in 22:50 (5:42 pace) and cooled-down 1 mile.
So, even though I wasn't able to hit my goal paces the effort was there for sure and even better was the fact that I was wasted tired and still gutted it out to finish with a good workout.
Tyler Hamilton was riding up and (he's a friend of Matts) he said hello to us. I've seen him out a lot but he's usually going so fast that his voice is about 30" behind him.
I ran 6 miles easy before this workout.