Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Week of Feb 4-10

Swim: 15,360yds, 5 swims
Bike: 2:51, 2 rides
Run: 41 miles, 5 runs
Total: 11:36

After setting a PR in the 5k last week I decided to run the 3k this week. My 3k PR was 9:04 from 2011, and I figured I should be able to take it out—after all, I did come through the 3k of my 5k in 9:04 (and then faded hardcore). Also, my friend Jake was in the 3k, and it’s always nice to beat him, so I decided to give it a shot. I let him know a few days before the race that I was just going to sit on him until the last 200m, and then out kick him—oh the perks of being a mid-distance runner trying to move up. Well…that only works if you can stick with him for 2800m. On Saturday there was a pack of 3 that quickly separated from the rest of the field.  We came through 800m in 2:20. Around1200m into the race we were down to a pack of two—Jake and me. We came through the mile in 4:42, and Jake started to pull away. By 2k in, Jake was running away with the race, and I just let him go. I knew I just had to hold it together for 1000m and I would run myself to a new PR. I ended up closing in :33.1 for the last 200m to run 8:52—good for a 12 second PR. Can’t complain about that! 11 second 5k PR last weekend, and now a 12 second 3k PR! Jake ran a studly 8:46 for a PR also—it was a good day for both of us.

5k at Illinois College--look at that wonderful face.

 In other new, I finished East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and I absolutely love that book. It may have taken me 5 months to finish—but it finished! It wasn’t my first time reading it, I just wanted to read it again. I really just don’t ever sit down to read books, unless it’s some type of Biology books or something like that. Apparently it’s good for people to read…who knew? Anyway, if you haven’t read it, you should!

Lastly, I would just like to say that I love my teammates at Greenville--especially the 800m crew. This year we decided we are going to have breakfast club once a week, and it is a blast. Although I would like to sleep in on Tues or Thurs morning, this group of crazy guys is awesome enough to get me to drive to campus early for breakfast, before I go sit in a 90 minute class of multicultural children’s literature. Although we are usually all still half asleep at the start of breakfast, it is always a fun time. And, you MUST be an 800m runner to get breakfast—that may be the only reason I still train with the 800m runners. Also, if you are reading this, Josh…We. Need. Bacon.

Song of the Week!

If you have any specific questions you want me to answer, just let me know. I can always use ideas to write about. Have a GREAT week! Good luck to the GC Panthers at NCCAA’s this weekend!

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