It’s been an interesting month for me. I get off work every day and head to my house to paint and get it ready to move in. Afterwards I try to squeeze in a run or maintain some semblance of a social life. I’ve been working my way back from the hip injury and building my base back up for some summer runs. I’ve had to adjust a lot of my goals and focus my attention in a more specific area than simply trying to run every race at every distance all at once.
April was a miserable month for me. I missed the ultra I wanted to do and had to take most of the month off due to the hip flexor pain I was having. My training was sporadic and I put in 34 miles, which was paltry compared to the previous 3 months (130,103,151). I was in a slump at it was frustrating to not be able to train at the level I wanted to and had been training at. May didn’t start off much better. I was having to watch my pace on runs and was considering dropping the half-marathon I wanted to run, or at least just running it easy. I had a good week leading up to it and decided to race it. I was pleased with my time considering the previous 6 weeks of training had been almost non-existent. 3 weeks later and the end of May has come. Some how, I’ve managed to squeeze in 102 miles this month among all the working and the week off I took. I’ve gotten some good runs in lately and I’m excited that my hip pain is all but gone. I have noticed that my legs seem a lot tighter after workouts than they used to get, but daily time with my foam roller has really helped keep me limber.
With June comes some changes to my goals. I was hoping to clock a sub 5 mile or sub 11 2 mile this month and a sub 18 5K at the beginning of July. While my endurance held up pretty well through my off time, my speed has deteriorated some. I’ve nixed the mile and deuce for this month and have backed the 5K up to sub-19, which will still be a stretch for me. After that I will be taking a singular focus: the marathon. I had planned on doing a couple of ultras and adjusting my training for the marathon late in the fall, but after missing the first ultra this year I feel I should postpone those. My goal is to build my mileage up slowly and steadily to avoid injury and develop my endurance and marathon specific speed. I plan on doing the New Orleans Jazz Half-Marathon and then the Baton Rouge Beach Marathon in December. There will be other 5ks and various races along the way, but I’ll be training through them and using them mostly as speedwork.
So fellow runners, I need your help. here are my goals for the rest of the year.
July: Run sub 19 5k at Firecracker
August: Finish River Cities Tri in under 1:40:00 (last years time was 1:49:23)
Complete Hotter’N Hell 100 bike ride.
September: Run 200 miles
October: Finish under 1:28:00 in the Jazz half-marathon
November: Run 10 miles under 1 hour
December: Run sub 3 hrs for Baton Rouge Beach Marathon (3:05 qualifies for Boston)
As you can see, June is currently wide open for a goal and I have no idea what to make it. So if you have any suggestions, let me hear them.