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So far, so good...

Monday, April 22, 2013

I did manage the 10 miles yesterday. I started to get sore and tired at mile 8. That makes sense because that was where my training stopped last time. Each time I go a little further, the wall moves back. I wasn't worried about being able to do it physically, but money might still be an issue.

I started a math exercise with my class. I gave them an opportunity to guess my finish time, and whichever student comes the closest without going over will win some cool swag I pick up from the race expo. I told them they could ask me anything they needed to know to figure out the math, but I would not give them my estimate. Many kids asked for my PR on the mile and prior half marathons, and I told them, but I added that I was lighter and younger then. Then they asked me how fast I run a mile now, and I told them that I fluctuate between 15 and 16 minutes per mile depending on whether or not I'm having a good day. It should be interesting. I think I'm going to have to take it down to seconds, and not accept the same time from two different students.

If I do manage to run the BMO Vancouver Half, I am starting to rethink my strategy of tapering to 6-8 next week. I sort of wonder if I'd be better off running 12 instead, without tapering, and instead use the week between Vancouver and Portland to taper. I'll consult some different training plans online and make a decision.

Oh, and in other news, I lost weight this Sunday. I had entered 258 into my tracker on 3/24/13. I am now 254.3. This is less than a pound a week. However, I actually gained weight in that time, and weighed in at 263 last Sunday. So either I was retaining a lot of water, or something I am trying is working according to plan. I don't know yet, so I hesitate to mention it. I need some more data before I reveal my strategy.
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LAYERS_OF_ME 4/28/2013 2:43PM

    No, I don't think it is. I think you can improve your time as long as you are training specifically to do so. Running a race a month is totally doable, if you maintain your distance. If you have a race on week one, I would suggest running, 8, 12, 8 and then the next half. You can even do the Galloway method of overshooting your long run to push your wall back and run the half, then 10, then 14-15, then 8-10, then the next half. You're not necessarily going to improve your time withut some fartlek and hill training though.

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THEFIRESPIRAL 4/28/2013 1:00PM

    I wish I could figure out how to add this to my Google reader! One of the things I want to chat with you about when you're here is how to manage multiple races. I pretty much have one a month starting in May and going through September. Is it unreasonable to think I can improve my time over the duration?

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