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Summertime, and the Runnin's Easy

BANGLE

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Here is some music while you read. (And if you like that, you can read this)

After 3 marathons in 13 months, I've decided to take it easy for a while. No more marathons until Fall 2020 (probably...); No halves until December. Just some 5Ks and a 10K and running what I feel like. So that means I'll still do track workouts on Wednesdays, because I like to run fast, and long group runs on Saturday, because I like to be social. But nothing longer than maybe 12 miles. And no pressure if I want to skip some days. But I'm feeling fine, with no injury problems, so I'm still running 4-5 days a week, and enjoying it. 

I'd still like to run a fast 5K, under 21. And my one goal for summer is to run a mile under 6:00 in our August mile race. So I'll be doing the speedwork.

I did run a 5K a few weeks ago, and couldn't motivate myself to do a race report. Because it was nothing special really. Same race I do most years. I ran pretty much exactly as I expected. Goal was to be under 7:00 pace, and maybe break 21 (6:45 pace). Plus I had two rivals from my club, Coach Ed and training buddy Bart. As expected, I beat Ed, but couldn't catch Bart. Splits were 6:56, 6:47 and 6:53 for  a 21:13. Felt good through 2, but had nothing left to chase down Bart in mile 3 and faded. Here I am finishing up.

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So, I was pleased but not excited. Work to do. Next race is July 4th on a slightly hillier course, and I'll see if I can go faster.

I hope you all enjoy your summer running!

 

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Summer workout and race times are always hard to compare to our bests because of the heat!  A mile race sounds terrifying...

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2 hours ago, SIbbetson said:

Summer workout and race times are always hard to compare to our bests because of the heat!  A mile race sounds terrifying...

Yeah, we don't really have heat. If you do intervals on the track every week, it's not so scary.

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Love that voice. And enjoy the "time off".

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Sub-six sounds fun to me, but my groin muscles have decided they don't like the track anymore. I was going to take a little break from marathons, but Mrs. Dave picked my next one and training started last Monday. I'm tired already.

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Somehow, I have managed to commit to a 5K every weekend this month. So I guess lots of summer running for me. Also recently met up with the Jenster, who always seems to be a great motivator for running more. At least until it gets unbearably hot. 

I have a 24:xx 5K dream that I have no idea when I'll be able to achieve, but maybe I can get to sub-28 this summer. 

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21 hours ago, BANGLE said:

Yeah, we don't really have heat. If you do intervals on the track every week, it's not so scary.

Yeah, I don't like those either (track intervals).  :-)

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I've been focusing on shorter races myself these days.  Of course, yours are faster....

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