Books I Have Read
Last Race: Portland Maine Half Marathon October 5 2014
I've got a fever...
2) Read and join the Goal of sub 20 5k thread. It is great motivation. Copy/paste and then live by the first post on page six.
On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will wish that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
Right on Hereford...
I want to thank you all for your advice. It made a difference. I am delinquent in getting out a response, but here goes now:
My last 5K (Dec. 6) was a 21.47 - a nice improvement over my last 2 5K's at 22.19 each. I took your advice and increased my weekly mileage (ran my first half-marathon too), but still added in a little speedwork. I also used the "sticky note" as a guide for the week of the race.
My first 2 miles of the race felt pretty good (a 7.09 and 7.04 - Note: If this seems slow to some, I have only been training since Spring 2007). My last mile and beyond I paced by feel since I now had more endurance (a 6.52 pace for the last mile). With about 3/4 of a mile to go I started to lose my peripheral vision (gray on the outside and blurry in the middle). I could tell where I was and just kept running to the finish. I reasoned that someone would pick me up if I passed out - not sure if this was wise or not, but was soooo glad to finish. (Anyone ever had this happen?)
My hope is to increase my mileage this Winter. I've always liked going fast for short distances, but now I'm enjoying those long runs - though I do find it challenging to run them slowly.