Alright; now I have an idea what this training plan means. The target paces for my interval, tempo and long runs are geared off my "best" 10K race time pace. Did I ever write about how ridiculous I found those to be? Maybe not because it's embarrassing. I was always way off. I am still not there but Tuesday morning was different.
Let me first recap my complaints: since last Thursday my left side adductor has been causing soreness all the way down to my calf. I have been stretching like a La Nouba acrobat. I have been conducting meditative stretch sessions where I am "one with the leg." Interesting exercise in paying attention, by the way.
To reduce all causes of pain born by shoes I put on my Evolution motion controllers ... and clown nose. I ate breakfast and went out the door to do 12 x 400 intervals at the track.
I wish I had had a camera. You cadet porn lovers might have appreciated the shots I could have taken of the Army company out on the infield doing their PE routine.
While they rolled around in the morning dew I put down 12 laps with a mission to "finish them all." Previous efforts had me fine for 7-8 circuits before I slacked off. Today I kept every one of them at or under 1:50.0. Only the last lap read 1:50. I dropped the mile pace average to 7:12 from my previous best of 7:20. The target pace is 7:05 according to my training table. I am closer anyway.
Lessons learned: 1. Get your race head on and keep pushing. Maybe the meditating stretches helped with focus. 2. Run when the military is there. MCM in five weeks. Check. 3. Keep stretching. The adductor is still tight but the calf has loosened up. Progress. Sherlene in two weeks for final tuneup.
Now, can I do a 5-miler at 8:30 pace on Thursday? Come back and find out.