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Hitting the Hump

Posted Aug 11 2010 6:32am

Humpday has arrived. My gym is closed this week due to the university getting it all ready for the kiddies. Mr. Gym Operator – next time, a notice would be nice. I’m back to my “I will not dread evening workout” mantra. It’s kind of thrown me out of whack.

On the agenda for today is speedwork. Seeing my big boo-boo from the last time I checked my Runner’s World Smart Coach training schedule, I was sure to read-up for today’s to-do: Speedwork: 5 mi, inc Warm; 2×1600 in 7:21 w/800 jogs; Cool

Ummm? There was a legend to decipher, but after re-reading and Googling wtf “2×1600″ meant, I reached out to fellow runner extraordinaire iRunnerBlog . I am sure somewhere he muttered a, “Pfft, amateur,” but I ain’t to proud to beg:

Alas, my hero!

Sure, would love to help “decode” this for you. This is sending you to a track so hopefully you have access to one, make sure it is a High School or College one, middle school tracks tend to be shorter. This workout has a few parts. They are saying that the total work out should be about 5 miles which includes your warm up…the important thing here is the speed work, not the total mileage.

Focus on - stretch then run around a track 3x’s at a jog (warm up) = .75 miles
- run 4x’s around a track (1600) and finish in 7:21 = 1 mile
- jog 2x’s around a track (800) at your own pace = .5 mile
- run 4x’s around a track (1600) and finish in 7:21 = 1 mile
- jog 4x’s around a track cool down = 1 mile

Again, building speed and foot turnover is the important thing here. To be honest, I don’t like the program because of the confusing track workouts. I also don’t have a track in NYC so I always did my speed work by time and pace and almost always on the dreadmill.

This is when I think part of my brain physically started to hurt. I mean, is this what I get for finally doing a training plan? I have a Garmin watch that can do fractions, but I can’t look at a schedule and figure it out. Alas, I will not let this deter me. Taking a note from iRunner’s training schedule I am going to try this instead: 10 min warm up; 3x (2 min 10k pace/2 min recovery); 10 min cool down

If you want to see how the iRunnerBlog running master is tackling marathon training get on over to “ Pro & Joe ” and thank me later.

And in other news, I am obsessed with Wall Street Journal Health. Fantastic finds and educational. I stumbled upon a book review, Health Blog Q&A: ‘What I Eat’ Authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio . The gist of the book follows around people and documents 80 diets from around the world. Truly fascinating stuff. They talk about everything from binge eaters to those who can barely find food to eat. I am looking forward to hearing about the global discoveries.

Do you find that you’re afraid to ask for help and would rather figure it out yourself? What country would you be most interested in learning more about what the locals eat?

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