Friday, August 20, 2010

Tempo Thursday

I managed to perform to plan for a change! I was out on the Back Bay in the late afternoon and got a 40 minute tempo run in. Just like the training plan said. Wow. What a concept.

That’s not to say everything went well. My heart rate strap seems to be on the fritz. Or else I ran at 110% of max for the whole run. At least I was smart and ran into the wind for the “out” portion of the run. Which meant that the wind was at my back for the “back” portion of the run. Still, I was only able to put in a measly 4.2 miles.

Nothing else earth shattering is going on. This is the time that I go through at some point in a training program – the doldrums. I’m plugging away, trying to put in the miles. Life is still happening and there are lots of changes are out on the (at this point) foggy horizon. Target races are all several weeks away and goal races even further. Every little tweak or niggle seems to be amplified. It’s easy during these times to lose interest.

Sigh. This isn’t the first time I’ve been through this. And it probably won’t be the last….


  1. Way to get on plan! Your measly 4 miles is a dream for some, don't sell yourself short.

  2. Great job on sticking to the plan!

    PS - there's nothing measly about 4 miles!

  3. Congratulations on sticking to the plan, my friend!

    And I agree, four miles is nothing to sneeze at. When it's hot out, there are times when I cannot even run a full block.

  4. Way to work the plan Glenn! 4 miles is something to be proud of :)

  5. Yabba Dabba Dooo. Stick to the plan.

    Four miles is hard for me buddy. On top of that I measure everything in kilometers ... it's frikken confusing.

    Your crappy times are better than my best times and I've got less interruptions in my life.

  6. I've been feeling similar doldrums this summer, Glenn. But those target races will be here before you know it! Keep doing what you are doing!

  7. Catching up here. Your persistency WILL pay off, Glenn.

  8. I have to say that I like hearing about the fact that you've gone through the doldrums before -- and have made it out.