I’m in Charlottesville at regionals for our high school team. And that means a couple of things. First, that I have to get my own runs in when I can, in this case after 10pm, in the hotel gym. Second, since I still have to do all my post injury knee maintenance, I make copious use of the floor’s ice machine.
In any case, I got 5.2 miles in tonight, progression-style. I started at a slow 6.0 mph jog (10 minute miles and gradually built up to 8.0 (7:30 pace) by the end. I definitely crossed the lactate threshold in those final minutes, something which shouldn’t quite happen at 7:30/mile. But that’s better than a few weeks ago when just barely getting under 8:00 felt hard.
As for day one of the meet, we only had one event to coach, the girls 4 x 800. They did well to get this far and were underdogs today. Unfortunately their season ended but they gave it a good effort on a chilly rainy day. The freshman distance runner that I coach ran anchor and unofficially PRed at 2:29. She was flying around the track even though we were well out of the running at that point. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ran the fastest anchor leg of the heat. She still has the open 800 tomorrow so this is a good sign. I’m so proud of her and happy to see her putting it together at the right time.
Big day tomorrow. A 7am wakeup so I can register for the Army Ten Miler, breakfast and probably a mid morning easy run before heading back over to UVA for Day 2 of the meet. Guess I better call it a night!