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2 days, 5 workouts … and a PR!

Monday I got up and ran to school. It has been quite a while since I have done this. I remember it being difficult and painfully slow when I did it before. The run is about 5.5 miles. I averaged 8:11.  I remembered reading an article a while back about breath patterns. The article stressed always using an odd numbered breath pattern so that one side of your body is not always trying to stride and breath at the same time. For an easy run, it recommended 3 to 2. I thought I would experiment. I ran with a 3 to 2 pattern and naturally fell into an “easy” pace a little quicker than my usual easy pace.

Since I ran to school, I had to run home. I kept the same pattern going home. I felt a little more fatigued in the afternoon – 8:25 pace.

Today, I ran with the Hillview Cross Country Club. We did a mile warm up, a rock set, 10 x 10s hill sprints, and a 1 mile cool down. This was only 3 miles in total – it focused on strength.

In the evening I headed over to Joe Walker for the High Desert runners track workout. I expected a small gathering due to the fact that some of the usuals had run the Santa Clarita Half. We had a good turnout, including Krysti and Erik Ruble. I cautioned both of them to take it easy just two days after their half marathons.  Erik, by the way, had an AWESOME race finishing in 1:30:11. Congratulations Erik.  While I am at it, I should mention how great some of the others did. HDR members/Hillview runners Cade Ruble and Leo Oliva were 2nd and 3rd in their age group finishing in 1:37:47 and :53,  Natalie Gutierrez and Gaby Castro were 1st and 2nd in their age group finishing in 1:40:16 and 1:42:39. HV runner Jason Flores also completed the half in the 1:50s.  This was the first half for all but Cade, and it was Cade’s PR! Oscar also ran his first half marathon just a few seconds behind his daughter 1:40:25. Wow.   Krysti Ruble, Lance Close, Joe Kim and many other HDR members ran it as well. Click here – on the HDR RAce submittal page if you would like to see everyone’s result. (scroll down almost to the bottom)

Back to tonight’s workout: 10 x 90s with 90s recovery.  I got there a little earlier so that I could do a 2 mile warm up. When it was time for speed, i was feeling pretty good. My goal was to get under 90s as much as possible, though in view of recent results I was not sure if I could. It went VERY well:  89, 91, 90, 88, 88 …… 88, 87, 85, 88, 83!!! I have never raced a 400…. I think that that 83s is my PR!

After the HDR workout, I once again headed to the Clayve for the usual assortment of strength work!

2 days – 5 workouts – 1 PR!  Well, maybe two, the 85 was probably a PR and then I did the 83….

Here is a collage posted on facebook by Gaby’s mom:

santa clarita collage

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November 2013


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