It’s Saturday, so it’s time to race. I felt like I had a decent week+ with a couple sets of intervals, albeit longer and slower than normal. Felt dead yesterday though, so hopefully that won’t mean anything today. It’s 7am and we’re heading out for 4 consecutive softball games before leaving for the greater Philadelphia area – feel good so far….
Got the Swarthmore seed list the other day, a ton of 800 entrants. I put down 1:58.5 as a seed time – not too much of a stretch, would be pretty happy to run that although 1:57.99 or lower is the goal. My time had me seeded about 40 of 60 – some pretty quick guys in the meet who I obviously won’t be on the track with, including a handful of sub-1:50 dudes. I plan on trying to run a comfortable first lap, hopefully at this point I can do that in 59 seconds or so. I’d like to have something left at the finish, so 59/58 is the plan, we’ll see how it works. I am thinking that planning on cruising the first lap should also hopefully keep me out of harms way with the other runners – that too is yet to be seen….
Have spent the last 3 days just running. Went out to Stony Creek on Wednesday morning early to get in some recovery miles before heading up to see the terrible Yankees play. 8 miles at usual easy pace. Didn’t eat breakfast, only a Gatorade Prime before starting – thought I was literally going to pass out at about the 2-3 mile mark. Was seeing stars, felt super lethargic. Kept going (maybe not the smartest thing in the world on an out-and-back course), think the glucose finally kicked in because I ended up feeling fine and finished as if nothing had happened. Weird phenomenon. Up to NYC that afternoon, only thing worse than seeing the home team lose is to have it happen in extra innings when you have a 3+ hour ride home.
6 miles on Thursday at the old cruise pace – all in around 6:20-6:25, good to know this is still comfortable and 7:20 isn’t the new “normal”. Took yesterday off partly to rest/recover, partly because I just didn’t feel up to it. Hopefully the long day and then drive to Philadelphia won’t affect the legs too much this evening, I’d like to get in a solid effort this as it may be the last 800m I run before worlds. If nothing else, looking for a performance to at least let me know I am heading in the right direction…