Well, it was a relatively quiet week here in the desert just outside Phoenix. It was our scheduled recovery week and while some of us went about business as usual, others had race prep to do. GMart and Ashley were traveling to Stanford, while Quin, Peter, Kyle, Leanna and Lemlem were opening with a small meet here at ASU.
It was nice to get down to the track and watch some racing again. There is something about the sunshine, atmosphere, booty shorts, and competition that is thoroughly enjoyable.
After reading comments by Jeremy Wariner saying he could possibly break Michael Johnson’s 400m World Record this year, we had the privilege of watching him race the 200m here at ASU. He ran 21.05 for 3rd place; he has some work to do… Texas A&M was very impressive in the 4x400m. They had two separate teams run 3:04.92 and 3:05.56 in the same race! (avg. of 46.23 and 46.39 per man!?!) Plus, the anchor leg on the winning team made a ridiculous pass on the inside to get by two teams in the last 250m.
As far as my training goes, things continue to progress. Since it was a recovery week, I only had two sessions to do. Wednesday was a surge session off the track and Saturday was some speed endurance which provided a significant amount of pain and rigging. I hadn’t broken 60 seconds for the quarter yet and my first interval was 54.0. With only 2 minutes of recovery, the 600 after that was not an enjoyable experience. We finished off the workout with some 2’s, my last one being 26.2. All things considered, I was actually really pleased with how things went. My weekly mileage continues to climb and I’m finally able to get in some solid off day runs now without being completely spent.
The itch to race is slowly creeping up, but all in good time…
The AC development camp is in town this week, so the track is going to be busy!
A shout out to GMart for his awesome 5km(13:43) at Stanford over the weekend and also to Dylan Wykes and Reid Coolsaet for great half-marathons in New York (62:14 and 62:42, respectively).