Thursday, October 25, 2007

Going loopy down in Acapulco

It was the zoo loops tonight. My first time with Mike's group for ages. Must have been almost five months since the last time. And guess what - I only missed the f#$king start didn't I. Jerry very kindly told me where the session was - didn't mention the new start time of 7:00 vs the old 7:30 did he!!! Lucky for me they never start on time so I only missed the first two reps - which I hasten to add - I solo'd at the end - no skimping for me thank you very much.

Anyway, I turned up just in time for the first short lap. The rest of the, have to say, impressively large group had already run a long and a medium lap. The recovery was 90s between laps. So without chance of a warm up I headed on out on the short one. Then it was another long (1.1k), medium (880m) and short (660m) before I ran my solo long and medium to finish. My splits were 2:15, 3:55, 3:01, 2:20, 4:02 and 3:08. It was a pretty good session especially on the back of my other two sessions this week but my calfs do feel a bit tight now. I felt I even managed to keep the elusive Jerry in sight tonight - but he probably begs to differ...

Joy to my rest day tomorrow before mission long run on Saturday. Haven't finally decided where I'm going, but I sure know where I've been. Hanging on the promises, in runs of yesterday, and I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time. Here I go again on my own ....

Thought for the day: Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.


Anonymous said...

I am a regular reader of your blog from Scotland. Like yourself I am also a keen runner and was wondering, having now had a few weeks since Berlin your feelings about running another marathon.

The Mad Runner said...

Hi John

And thanks for you interest. I hope you enjoy my brand of madness!

Regarding things since Berlin, I can't believe how quickly I've got back into the groove. I seem to be running as quick (or quicker) than I ever have after just the four weeks since Berlin. I was disappointed with Berlin but ultimately each time I fail it makes me want it more. And because I feel so good I've already entered my next marathon, Luton on 2nd December. It's not the prettiest, nor the flattest but it's well organised and will give me the chance to use my camel-back drink rucksack in anger. I use it in training but want to see how comfortable it is in a race at fullish tilt. Then I'll gauge how useful it was; guaranteed fluid/energy intake vs extra weight and look to plan my schedule for next year. I always say never again but with a day or two I'm usually scheming! It's probably not the most sensible thing to be running another marathon so soon but I really don't feel any effects from Berlin - I am slightly mad after all.

Hope your running well, what kind of racing takes your fancy?


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