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|Author: ||Alan Bennet|
|Subject: ||RE: 50+ Masters Training and Racing Open Forum|
Week 57: 45 miles holding to the same basic pattern as weeks 54-56. I will do much the same for week 58, then weeks 59-60 I am going to get foolish with the mileage.
Tue 5 including drills, strides, 3x hill repeat
Thu 6 easy
Sat 400m race, very low-key
Sun 12 slow (just under 9:30/mile pace), with 3x strides inserted
The balance was seven 3-mile easy runs. Plus 40 miles walking, 3x weights, 3x core/stretching, 1x yoga, and 30 minutes elliptical (it was jut too hot Saturday to do another 3-mile run!).
This second 400m race *felt* like a much better race, but I have no idea of my time, LOL. There is no website and so far no response to my email. I doubt it was much faster than the first effort. It was a mixed heat with five or six high school kids and two masters, me in the 46-55 division, the other guy in the 56+. The best high schooler was in lane 1 and never looked back. I have no idea how far ahead he finished. I went out conservatively in lane 3 and passed everybody else on the backstretch, then kind of floated the turn before digging in. A crazy kid in lane 7 blasted by coming off the turn and died about 25m from the line. I got outkicked at the end by the lone girl in lane 4 (actually she kicked and I didn't), EXCEPT she stopped running right at the finish line so it was a photo finish. Call it third place for me, certainly a moral victory for her. I still had a little something at the end, next time I am going to kick. Lesson learned.
I am not setting the world on fire here, but these track races are fun! It's all new, spectating is a treat, and it's so much better knowing I am in one of the events. Getting a little worried though, as I have started eyeing the hurdles....
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