The 3rd discipline of triathlon, the run. Since last year's entire run focus, the run has been going well plus on top of that, I've finally got a plan to stay as injury free as possible. I don't do any speed work at all. My body just can't handle the speed anymore. I keep my miles in high 20s to mid 30s per week and just go easy if I feel like it or sometimes I just get some tempo miles in if I feel good.
As the cycling increases, I'll ease back on the run a little bit knowing I brought a decent base from the winter. The miles and miles in sub 30 degree weather with snow on ground this winter are paying off. The legs continue to feel fine as I tick off the miles. I can tell the legs aren't ready yet for the 26.2 but I felt the same last May in the preparation for Baltimore. Soon enough as the training continues, 10 milers will seem easy and not even a warmup. I wonder how long before that conditioning starts to deteriorate with age where it's always tough no matter what. At least as I approach 40, that's not happening.
This summer on July 31st all my running PRs reset. That's my plan I get to set new PRs since I don't think I'll ever see my 10k or 5k PRs again. The saddest thing about my 10k PR is back in late 90s there really wasn't a lot of 10ks to compete in and now there are tons. I only got about 2 10ks per season to lower my PR and never could quite get a perfect day on a perfect course to break 34. I really wanted a sub 34 10k PR but oh well I'll get a new one next year.
I've been trying to figure out a goal for the Ironman marathon split. At Canada in 08, I ran a 3:25 and didn't feel in peak marathon shape. I had battled a bunch of injuries in the lead up. The Arizona course is an easier run course so that with more experience and even more run base, I came up with a good number. 3:05 which would put my split in past couple of years, right there close to best in the over 40 men splits. In last years, an ex-pro ran a sub 3 split being over 40. So assuming no ex-pros, I'm shooting to have the fastest run split. A 3:05 is just right around 7 minute mile pace...so the training commences where if I'm completely dead 7 minute pace should still feel easy.
Stay tuned for the last discipline of the Ironman, nutrition.
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