That gave me hope. However, after Sunday’s race, I’d swear that there is a magical switch in my body and it’s been turned off. Paces that I could easily run for a half marathon in the middle of winter off of base training just a couple of years ago are now a struggle to maintain for 10K.
Sunday I ran the Hennepin Lake Classic 10K and had to sprint* to break 40 minutes. My splits ended up being 6:20, 6:24, 6:27, 6:27, 6:36, 6:26, 1:17 and my 5K splits were 19:52/20:05 for a 39:57.
*I thought I was sprinting until I watched the leaders of the 5K race.
After running 39:15 at Get in Gear in April, this is more than a little frustrating. And it leads to a whole bunch of questions;
Is my new training program working or not?
Is this program too much for me? Am I overtraining? Do I need to do fewer workouts?
Do I just not respond well to VO2 workouts? Did Friday’s hill workout leave me tired?
Am I on the right path for a marathon?
If I truly run well just off of a lot of base miles, should I just go back to that type of training?
Is all of this just a matter of getting older?
I know Hudson has a section for Masters in his book. At 39-years-old and 11 months, I didn’t think I needed to read it. Now I do.
And I think I’ll have to start paying attention to Joe Rubio’s Masters Plan;
The good news is that I feel fine and I’m not hurt or sore – just slow(er).
1) Take your recovery days easier - take them seriously.
2) Do less hard sessions each week than when you were younger. Do less within each hard session.
3) You can be "on" occasionally, so best pick the times you want to hammer wisely.
4) It takes longer to get in shape as a masters athlete. And it takes much less time to fall out of fitness than 20 years ago [or 30 ... or 40].
5) Injuries take an eternity to get over, and there seem to be many more of them along the way. If you can stay healthy, you are way ahead of the game.
6)Family first, career second, running third, beer a close fourth.
7)Masters racing is all about fun and friendships.
Quote of the Day;
“You have to hate to lose, more than you love to win.” - unknown