My runs have been easy going trots than burned calories and maintained a basic running "fitness" but did little else. The spring race season is underway and the grand daddy of my race schedule, the Jack Bristol 50K ultra, is just 6 weeks away. After running well at People's Forest 17 mile and Colchester Half Marathon it became clear I could improve my speed. Endurance isn't even an issue. Speed was what needed improvement. I'm determined to get back to where I was in 2011-2012. With each daily run I focus on "10" meaning I must maintain a pace somewhere under 11min/mile or in the "10s". So far I have been successful in doing just that. Some runs went better than expected with my body in overdrive. I can maintain sub 10/mile pace when all is well. I find that staying positive and mentally telling myself that I can run faster and faster. Staying positive is the trick. It works.
|At the Colchester Half Marathon|
|Brickyarders running at Rogers Orchard--10 miles|
|Bolton 5 Mile Road Race-Debticonn(run169towns) group|
Above are some pictures from recent successful races. Colchester Half and the Bolton 5 Mile Road Race. Great runs and felt great at the end. So much so I didn't need to take the day after off from running which was the routine in the past.
The next 5 weeks are for Jack Bristol. I am targeting 6 hours for a finish time. Totally achievable and if I do it will be 20 minutes faster than 2013. Might even win the age group!