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HDR Night at Joe Walker

I remember Tuesday nights last winter when there were 5 or 6 runners. Since I have been “taking names” this winter it has been an entirely different story. January’s weekly total have been 21, 21, 20, 23 and 24.  The following people have earned a Tuesday night point for the month of January by attending 4 or 5 of the 5 workouts: Sarah Bird, Alan Brown, Dave Harrison, Sidnee Harrison, Justin Koo, me, Jen Oblinger, Deb Petty, Neil Small, Annie Trenkle, Luke Trenkle and Jessie Williams.

Tonight’s workout was a small step toward longer intervals – 4×3 minutes plus 4×2 minutes. We had a group of high school runners that sprinted out with Neil every repeat. Behind them was a long line of runners running at all sorts of paces. We had a number of new runners. Vic Hess brought a few deputies out to get some work in preparation for Baker to Vegas.

For myself, a few days after the Bakersfield half marathon, I resisted the urge to run full speed. I shot for marathon pace and pretty much nailed it each time – 1:45 a lap. Well, I was thinking that 1:45 was marathon pace, but in retrospect I was thinking wrong – all evening. I was doing 7:00 minute mile pace, but my marathon goal pace is 7:30.

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  1. 1:45 a lap is your new marathon pace. Excellent! I hit a few 400’s in 1:30 or less but then died. The last one I jogged from 300 to 400 and did 1:30. I have speed just absolutely no endurance.

    Park in back and come through the back door, hop on the bike for a few minutes before we start.

  2. It looks like your points game has really increased the interest in the Tuesday night track workouts. Great job!

    1:45 for 400 meters = 3:03 for a marathon. Are you planning on running 7 minute pace in Boston?

  3. I am embarrassed to say that my math is off here. The whole evening I was thinking 1:45 equals 7:30 mile. When I saw Clay’s reply I thought again. Oops, that is a 7:00 mile. Nope, not Marathon Pace ….. yet…. but it was feeling kind of easy… I am going to have to edit the main body of this post to remove my error.

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January 2012


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