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Long time off is over.
by on Tuesday, March 17, 2015  (6 comments)

Due to a set of circumstances partly out of my control I lost five solid months of training. Coach Ryan has taught me how to make the past, "the past" and look forward. So, I have run seven of the last eight days - I think I am back it! Now of course they have all been about two miles and at a slow 8:00 minute per mile pace - but I am getting out there. I know that in a matter of weeks - things will start coming back nice and strong. Al's run is so important to me because of Team Hillrunner - I am focused strongly on that race and it is in fall - I have time.

I look forward to posting my furthered success of improvement in the coming weeks and months.

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Ryan

Ed, it's good to see you "back in the saddle". Things will come back. Just don't try to do too much, too soon. With 6 months to go to Al's Run, you can make a lot of progress toward returning to the kind of running you're used to.

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Ed

Still setting my sights on the 6:00 minute mile pace. First for a 5K then for Al's. I know that pace will most likely not be this year because of all the time off from running. However, I am willing to work hard enough to bring myself to tears to reach my goal. Honestly, for Al's I want to go sub 31:00. I have been chasing that for a while now.

I am excited for when I am back at the 8 miles per day with 12-14 mile long runs. That always feels so good!

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Ed

After this morning's run I know I could run a 5K. Now, I didn't say that I could race a 5K - but I could run one. I did 3.37 miles while incorporating 4x15 second strides into the end of the run.

The pace was very slow at 8:09 per mile - nowhere near my best of 6:14 per mile. It is better than nothing though. We'll see where I am in terms of pace in late April.

It is a bit sad as I have a couple of age group titles I wanted to defend. I guess that means next year I will have to take them back!

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Ed

Well, I am trying a new type of running shoe. Always used Nike but this time I am trying Newton. Instead if a 6mm drop it has only a 4mm drop - so it is slightly closer to a zero drop shoe. It is lightweight, has some support and is stiffer than the Nike Free with which I am familiar. I used some gift certificates that I was awarded for winning my age group at the Hank Aaron 5K last year so it didn't hit the pocket book as much as it could have.

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Ryan

It's all a process. You can cover the distance. Now, it's time to cover more than the distance and decide on the schedule for building up the pace.

Are you transitioning to the shoe gradually? Maybe an every other run pattern, alternating with the shoes you're familiar with, initially? I've heard a lot of good things about Newtons. Tried on a pair and they just didn't feel right to me but it's all an individual thing. Just remember that the body adjusts to any change best if it's made gradually.

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Ed

I will run with the Newtons every other run. The older shoes have too many miles (according to the 5-600 rule) but they are holding up well still. The Newtons will be part of a rotation of two pair for a couple of months.

I am eagerly looking forward to building the pace and as I said I am willing to put in some very hard work. I know it will be a gradual build-up to harder and harder levels of effort - but I am looking forward to getting there.

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