Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Three weeks from today we'll be revving up our engines in France for the 24 Hour World Championships. From my perspective, I feel confident knowing all the hard work has been done over the past 4 months of focused training. Aside from the little hiccup with my hamstring that slowed me down for a couple weeks, I'm more than happy with how everything has gone. I was able to lower my average mile pace on my daily loop from 6:50/mile to 6:20/mile, day-in and day-out, without any dead legs to deal with during the week. While the Philly 100 was a bust, all of my other long runs were complete successes. The highlight for me was a 40 miler on the Mt. Vernon trail (which is paved) that I finished in 4:20:15...that works out to a hair over 6:30/mile pace and a 2:50 marathon split. I'm not bragging, since there are obviously tons of people who can run circles around me, I'm just pointing out that for me, my results have been great during this training period. In a nutshell: I'm ready for France!
Starting today I've slowed the pace down to get fully in tune with how I'll have to run in France. Running 9s today felt a little awkward to start (as it always does), but once I settled in and started to visualize the loop in France, I had to smile. I know the mental aspect of running 24 hours is just about as important as one's physical abilities, and I feel 100% ready in both areas at this point. If only I didn't have to wait 3 more weeks!
Posted by Dan Rose at 11:25 PM