11/17/08 - rest day.. AHHHHH.. feels good!
11/18/08 - 7 miles, easy run MHR 150
11/19/08 - 8 miles, Progression run, 3 miles warm-up then 4 miles at "moderate effort" then last mile at goal marathon pace... This one hurt a bit, saw my HR get up to 177 toward the end. I haven't seen it that high even in the last mile of a 5k... I felt the bile creeping up at the end of this one... glad it was only 1 mile! 2'-3' minute walking cool down. Coach says I should read too much into this as my fitness will be 10 times better by race day! I'm still 21+ weeks out so I'm totally on board with this!
During my last e-mail correspondence with Tim, I asked about throwing some racing into the mix between now and Boston, and got to ok to throw in a race or three.. "Race on" was his response... I've got three races in mind I'd like to do. December 6th (in two weeks) there is a local 10k I think I'll do. This 10k holds a special place with me as it's the first race in which I won outright back in 96'. In the process, beating a couple of legends in this area by the names of Mike Fruechy,(now mens XC coach at IPFW) and Chuck Schlemmer,(now womens XC coach at West Noble HS, 2 weeks after this race, Chuck ran the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville Alabama in 2:34)... February 14th there is a 5k and on March 21st a 20k which is practicaly in my backyard.