Next up for me is the Bay Days 5 miler on July 4, probably my favorite race every year. Hopefully I should be able to run the same pace I did yesterday at the longer distance, which would translate to something in the 29:30-29:40 range.
"Blues From A Gun" is of course one of the stellar singles from the Jesus and Mary Chain's underrated third album Automatic. For the first time since I was injured, my training has been feeling 'automatic'. All my workouts are clicking and my recovery rate is back to normal -- by normal I mean old guy normal. I could handle a lot more when I was a kid. This week ended with a really good 16 x 400 session on Thursday and a 90 minute trail run on Saturday. Next Saturday I race for the first time in two months, more than that if you don't count the mid-April 10K that I had to drop out of with achilles/calf issues.
16 x 400 w/ 100 jogs at Rocky River HS today. The workout went much better than two weeks ago. This time I averaged 86/87 like clockwork and felt much stronger. I always try to run this workout at what feels like 5 mile race effort. Not as much of a redline as a 5K effort but definitely more aggressive than tempo pace. Feeling better about my race on June 16.
Steve Prefontaine would have turned 61 last week if he hadn't been tragically killed in a car wreck in 1975 at age 24. Pre had already finished fourth in the 1972 Olympic 5,000 and was one of the favorites for Montreal 1976. Running culture has changed a lot since then, and in my eyes, not really for the better. Running used to be more of a rebel sport like surfing where guys and gals would push themselves hard to test their limits. It used to take a 2:50 marathon for men under 40 to qualify for Boston, now the standard is like 20 minutes slower! Now the gap between elite runners and recreational runners is staggering. I'm not trying to be a snob but I don't like running being a bucket list sport where finishing becomes more important than pushing your body to its physical limits. What I really hate is how expensive things have become, mainly because participants expect so many goodies from a race. Here's a list of things I could do without entirely just to cut race entry fees a bit.
1) Race t-shirts: most of these are ugly with corporate logos all over the place. I've pretty much donated every race t-shirt I've ever been given to Goodwill.
2) Finishers medals. I'd much rather be given a beer after a race. Give the medals to the kids.
3) Age Group Awards. Again, give the trophies and the medals to kids and for awards, give some prize money to the top male and female runners. Support the youngsters who may be chasing their dream of running in a national championship race or even the Olympic trials. I'm grateful that I was born with the talent to have done quite well with running but I really don't like getting trophies and medals. The ones I've won are in boxes in my closet. If anyone knows of a charity that will take them to give to kids, let me know.