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Chasing Splits
I ran a progression run a couple weeks ago -- nothing new about that -- but I did it on the track, which brought back memories of a million hard tempo runs I ran last March. Coming off of Indoors last year, I was fired up about Heps and NCAAs, and I thought I had been missing something in my training, and that these were the key. John says that they’re certainly good workouts, but should only be done once every ten days or so, instead of up to three times a week as I was doing. By doing them on the track, I also lost sight of the true purpose of these workouts; instead, I was focussing on hitting splits, and if I was slower one week, I would work harder to try to make up for it.
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How to race; confidence and expectations
Training is going well, but it’s all dull laps on the golf course during which I try to imagine what it’ll be like to race again. This daydreaming about dropping hot laps on a banked track isn’t really productive -- though it’s fun -- and even though my next race is a few months away, I thought it would be good to think about how it’ll really go.
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Comments
Been behind on work on the website (and blogging) -- working pretty hard the last few weeks to make some cash to fund this running dream. Still, made a small change to the blog so you can post comments. Scroll down to the bottom of the post (you have to have javascript enabled). Will have a mailing list form up soon so you can get notifications whenever I blog.
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Back to Training
Now that I’m back in Ithaca, and done with the couple races that were planned for October, it’s back to base phase until Indoors. The last four weeks of training haven’t been consistent at all; a toe flexor strain and the Japan trip -- and illness -- set me back a decent amount, and I’ve been aching to get on with a solid uninterrupted training block. It feels like getting back to summer base training, which, in the NCAA system, is the only time you can really put down a block of training without worrying about racing getting in the way. I’ve been asking myself, however -- is that really a good thing?
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Outs
The race didn’t go very well, but that wasn’t a surprise. I still felt sick Monday, though the fever was gone, and that, coupled with my lack of fitness, made me hurt a lot in the second half of the 5k. I ran 14:21 which a lot of people have told me, all things considered, is really good.
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Complacency and Setbacks
I got sick a day after getting to Japan and have had medium cold/fever symptoms. I will be racing a track 5k after the Ekiden with the alternates, or not racing at all. This does mean, however, that I will be able to spectate the entire Ekiden!
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I'm Ben de Haan, creator of BiggerLog. Here's where I'll write more in depth about my training, my thoughts on competitive distance running, and the design process behind the log website. You can also check out my running log here.