Makes me miss the beard
The author is a good friend to Tucson club runners, and I enjoyed speaking with him. Just for clarification, I've been in Tucson and at my art gallery job since 1989 with the exception of a year and a half in Portland, where I met my wonderful wife. For you locals that might remember, the triathlete in the story was Kelly Thompson. He actually spoke to Kiera's class though, I don't remember her working on him (though she probably wouldn't have been opposed to it). Those 40 pounds put me at 213 lbs at 6'2", and I don't miss them nearly as much as the beard. I plead guilty on the Hall and Oates and make no apologies.
I'm glad he got Arthur Lydiard into the story, but the thing about not being worried about running a set amount of miles was my attempt to downplay the false reputation Arthur gets as an advocate of long, slow distance.
Yesterday the legs felt amazingly good, and I ended up putting in 6.5 miles at an easy but quicker than usual pace. Today was a taper workout to simulate the first 30 minutes of the marathon this weekend. Mystery Coach suggested 10 minutes around 6:15 pace, then 10 at 6:10 and the remainder at just slower than race pace. These paces weren't set in stone as much as guidelines on how to progress through the run. I intended to do a mile of warm up, but when I saw I was at 6:30 pace a half mile into the run I decided to up the tempo and get right to it. I checked the pace every five minutes or so, and gradually saw my average drop from 6:18 at the end of the first mile to 5:58 overall when I finished the 30 minutes (5.1 miles or so). The lungs are feeling quite good, and while I wanted the legs to feel just a little better I guess I can't complain. I was supposed to put in 3x1000 on 5 minutes by feel afterwards, but since the track was off limits with school back in session I opted for a few half mile efforts on the road. The first one put me at 2:23, but by the end I was starting to feel it. I opted for one more in 2:28, then jogged it home when it felt like I had worked hard enough. I'm through with the second guessing at this point.
Training: Today, 8 miles, 48m, 5:59 pace, w/5 miles at 5:58 pace, then 2x800 at 2:23 and 2:28.
Yesterday, 6.5 miles, 44m, 6:53 pace. Felt too good.