Monday, September 3, 2012

Workouts with @RMRteam

As expected, my day filled up. But I'm still going to make this happen! I've done some pretty fun workouts while here with Charlie, or with Charlie and Thomas and Joel on a good day.

Friday, August 3 - The first workout with Charlie was very different from my normal routine. We did six short hills, then a 4 mile pace run, followed by six more short hills. It was a while ago, but I remember it being a good one. I took it easy on the first set of hills due to the tempo, and then had a pretty good tempo run. The next hills were tough, but despite the effort, I was still making it pretty far.

Tuesday, August 7 - The following Tuesday, I was at the track with Thomas, Charlie and Lee doing 1000s. I don't know that I've done thousands before really, except maybe a long time ago with Matt Boyd, but we were moving pretty quickly. Actually now that I think about it, I'll definitely need to look those splits up from years ago. Anyway, we were supposed to work our way down from 15k pace to 10k pace. For me, that window isn't very narrow. We went 3:20, 15, 14, 14, 11, 08, 11, 07. Thomas was really moving at the end and I felt like we were running really fast. That's a range of 5:21 to 5:01 pace, so good work!

Wednesday, August 8 - The next day we had our first team meeting while I was around. It was a good time to get the whole group together so I could meet everyone and the Board (Mark, Cynthia, Bob, Dana, and Bob). They talked a little bit about the goals of the team and how we can move forward after this first Olympic trials cycle to gear up for 2016. I've got a new goal to hit for the marathon if I want to move into the "Emerging" group of the team from the "Community" group... 2:24:02. It's a pretty challenging time to hit. It works out to be 5:29.6 pace. It had me thinking about my own goals already, but I'll talk more about that another time.

Saturday, August 11 - The following Saturday, I met with Joel, Charlie and Thomas at the Zion's Crossroads Lowes to carpool to a small little church that they're referring to as "Louisa Church." It's a good thing we carpooled, because there were over 100 people and at least 50 cars parked all over this church's lawn and gravel road. We did a progression long run workout, 5 miles easy, 6 miles moderate, 6 miles hard. Again, this one went pretty well. We did an out and back sort of 3 times, classic VIC style but without the cones. I couldn't get those last miles down quite as fast as I wanted to, but went 5:51, 5:47, 5:41, 5:35, 5:35, 5:40. Those were GPS splits, supposedly they were slower than those taken on the road by other guys watches. I know that my last mile had to have been faster than that because I was really rolling. Looking at my watch at random times my paces were way faster. It was a good run though. Charlie and I went for another 20 minutes or so to cool down and I got in 20 for the day.

Tuesday, August 14 - The following Tuesday I needed to start earlier than 6:30am. Workouts are a lot different than what I'm used to with Justin. Justin started running the second I opened the car door. We started the workout the second we got to the track or the hill or wherever (unless he had to use the bathroom.) With this group, we take our time getting started on the warm up, then we do strides and stretches and bathroom breaks and all sorts of things. I guess that's a given when the group is bigger, but it's taking some time to get used to. Because of that, I knew I was going to have to start early in order to get to Albemarle High School by 9:00am. I started running from my house on the warm up down to Riverview Park. The team calls this place "magic pavement," and I think it's because it's the flattest place in Charlottesville. KC read that in a little book of running routes to confirm it. I did 3 x 2 mile with GPS splits, with 90 seconds rest. 5:37, 5:33, rest, 5:24, 5:27, rest, 5:27, 5:23. Those splits were supposedly LONG, so that means I was doing even better! I was especially pleased with the fact that I did that alone. Good day.

More later, that was about 2 weeks.

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