When I started this blog a little over two years ago, I was about 9 weeks into my first conditioning phase using Arthur Lydiard's training. Our son was about three months old and our daughter was about to turn 3. The legs were wobbling a bit under the stress of my first attempt at higher mileage, and sleep was at a minimum. Still, through the haze there was a concrete goal I had my sights set on: Break 2:40 at the Phoenix Rock and Roll Marathon in early January. This required chopping about 8 minutes from my current PR, but 2:40 was just such a nice, even number. If any of you were reading back then, you might remember the report. Thinking back on it reminds me of that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where Harrison Ford watches as the bad guy reaches into his chest, grabs his heart, and starts to pull it from his body. This was 2:39 slipping away between mile 21 and 25. In short, I have a history with this course, and I'm going back January 13 to do it again.
On the way there I'll run a Cross-Country 5K on November 22, the Tucson Half-Marathon on December 2, and perhaps a 10 mile race this Sunday if I can get Mystery Coach and Kiera on board while ducking my doctor.
As for the training, the zero train stopped after 4 days. An easy and tentative 5 yesterday gave way to a moderate 7 today. I still feel on the mend, but it's nice to be out in the fresh air again. I'll probably wait until the morning of to decide on the 10 miler, as it seems everyone in Tucson is in fantastic shape at the moment. This means the race will be a very fast gut-buster.
Training: Today, 7 miles, 44:54, 6:27 pace
Yesterday, 5 miles, 36:46, 7:23 pace