Sunday, January 25, 2009
4 Movin' On Up! ;-)
Just a brief bit of news to share: Today the coach of our running clinic told me that he was moving me from the 10:30 pace group (which admittedly was not challenging enough for me, & was based on earlier race times, which I'd submitted during my registration for this class) to the 9:15 pace group. Yowsa!
He's basing this change upon the fact that I'd done close to a 10-minute mile for my last 10 mile run, & had run the recent 4M race in an unofficial guestimated pace of about 9:30 or so.
Also, during track practice I was running most of the threshold 8x400s at around 2-2:10, which is about right for the 9:15 pace group. Threshold pace for the 9:15 pace group is actually supposed to be in the realm of 2:20s.
You know the expression, "Be careful what you wish for, because it might come true"? LOL! :) Well, this is honestly more than what I expected. If anything, I thought I'd be moved into the 10:00 pace group, but since I can already clearly meet & exceed that challenge for the 10K distance (& almost meet it for the 10M distance at a 10:09 pace), it would be only a matter of time before I would once again find myself looking for a new challenge.
From a mental perspective, I realize that part of me would probably feel more "comfortable" in the 9:30 pace group, but a "speed development" program is not supposed to be based on the premise of what one feels "comfortable" doing! Otherwise one does not get faster. ;-)
Looking at the pace chart, it shows that I am supposed to be able to run a 10K in 57-58 minutes. Since I haven't run a 10K race in a few months, it'll be interesting to see how I stack up to this standard.
It also says that I should be able to run a mile on the track at an 8:35 pace. This run is supposed to be the "interval pace," i.e., a run done at 85-95% effort. How I would love to test this theory. Maybe sometime soon I will just have to head out to the track with a buddy & see what we can do. ;-)
In fact, on 4/15/09, I will get my first chance in a long time (since my high school track days in fact!) to prove what I can do for the mile (in an officially documented capacity) during the Firebird Mile racing event. I'm getting little goose bumps just thinking about it. :)