Half-Marathon Prep: "FEB"or "FEF?"
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Five weeks to go and I am on schedule with my long runs. Today was my nine-mile run. Weather was grey, low 30s, and a headwind for the first half. I can't say the view was inspiring this time, but it was interesting to see the low-hanging clouds around the hills. Didn't feel as sharp as last week, maybe because I was woken early by a dog after staying up later than usual (fun time - dinner and ice skating with friends on the spur). But, I still felt good enough that it was an enjoyable run. On the backstretch my mind got to working out an acronym that captures how distance running holds many core virtues for work and life. I came up with "FEB" (Form, Endurance, Balance") -- which is better than "FIB" (Form, Intensity, Balance"). Or FEF ( = Form, Endurance, Focus" - since "form" includes balance.) Hmmm. Have to work this out. Opinions?
My time was 1 hour 37 minutes, which works out to a little less than 11 minutes a mile. I was glad to get a negative split, getting back 7.5 minutes faster than going out. Then again it included a downhill and no headwind.
Overall I'm pleased with the result. FEB (or FEF) was good and I'm feeling well tonight, looking forward to a late chicken dinner.