There is no other way to put it.
Conference went okay in the sense that I ran tough and finished the race. Other than that, it was the most uncomfrotable race I have ever run. I have never felt like such crap, running so slow. We came through the first mile in 4:57 and everyone was already breathing deeply. It only got worst too. At 2mi we hit a 300m or so long hill that absolutely killed. From that point onwards it turned more into a survival match instead of a race. My parents said that they'd never seen a race where everyone looked so bad, and they've seen a looooot of races.
Needless to say, I didn't survive to well and finished 9th. The UTEP kenyans swept it 1-5 and Tulsa ran well to get second. Congrats to them.
It kinda pisses me off that the race was at altitude. It doesn't seem that fair to me, but I guess life isn't always that way either. Anyways, I took up the challenge and gave it my best. At least I can gain confidence from toughing it out on a course at about4k feet with a big hill and tons of sand.
As a team, we didn't help ourselves out much either. Arriving Thursday morning, 2 days before the race, is about the worst thing we could do. You generally feel the worst on the 2nd through 4th day when arriving at altitude.....yay...genious move.... When racing at altitude when your not used to it, it's best to get up and get out (meaning get there about 24hrs or so before the race...)...Oh well....
On to Regionals!
Training since last update:
aft-7mi of 2mi w/up, 5x800 w/ 2:30 rest on gravel (2:16, 2:14, 2:14, 2:12, 2:09) WINDY (20mph, gusts of 33), 800 easy, 4x hill sprints, 1.5mi c/d CRAPPY WEATHER, windy and cold for first time. Accomplished the goal of the workout though, so no complaints.
2mi w/up, 6LT, 3E, 3LT+, 6E, 2x400 w/ 45sec rest in 69-70, 2E, 4x10sec acceleration with 50sec easy, 3min at 6min pace, 1mi c/d
aft-7 at El Paso....felt off, dry air...
3mi, 4x100m strides, 2mi c/d
2mi w/up, 8k race (25:49, 9th), altitude sucked, tough race, 3mi c/d
morn-7mi decent pace
2mi w/up, 1mi LT (4:50),short rest, 2mi(9:11), short rest, 1mi LT (4:55), short rest, 1mi(4:27 going 2:20, 2:07) 2mi c/d, windy and on gravel in flats so not best footing. Excellent workout. Needed that. Legs a little sluggish, which is expected, but got into a good rhythm. Had to consciously try and slow my self down on LT sections, it felt like I was jogging.
Enough about being sick. I just finished another solid running book titled C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race. The topic of the book is a very interesting one. You can read the synopsis on Amazon.com but the basic jest of the story is that about 200 runners entered a race across the United States put on by a very interesting promoter (he was Red Grange's agent for you football fans out there). The runners were a different group of people from all over the world and they traversed a new and shoddy route 66 in horrible conditions. The book was obviously well researched and the author did a very good job on a story in which he had no first hand contacts. The only negative I found was that sometimes the author seemed to lose grasp that it was an actual race, as the standings of the runners throughout the book was shoddy. But that does not take away from the fact that it is an excellent story and one worth reading.
Lastly, before giving the weekly training log, some props to the Klein Oak boys cross country team as they are state and regionally ranked for the first time this season. (#5 in the state and #7 in the NTN south region). well deserved and only better things to come now that championship season is coming up.
The past week's training:
morning-3 felt like crap
afternoon-5 very slow
morning-4 easy, sick
afternoon-6 easy, feeling a little better
afternoon-7mi of 1.5mi w/up, alternation fartlek, 2:50 hard, 2:00 medium, 2:50 hard, 2M, 2:20 Hard, 2:40 M, 1:40 H, 2min rest, 1:40M, 1:40 Hard, 1mi c/d......felt better, limited the volume so I didn't go to the well. About 4:40 pace on the hard parts
aft-9mi at Burroughs of:
2mi w/up, 3x2400m w/ 3-4min rest, alternating hard 400(10k or faster) and LT 400 (1st-66,71,70,73,69,75 2nd-67,75,67,76,2:25(no measurement on last 800)…..3rd-66,74,71,76,68,62, 2.5mi c/d (last 800m of 1st and 3rd included step hill loop, 1st 800m of 2nd was up mags to pavillion hill)
14.5 with andy, started easy progressed to solid pace last few miles