November 3rd (Monday): 3 miles (20:18) in the AM. Busy day at work. 5 miles (34:29) in the evening. Sore, but nothing too crazy from the big trail run yesterday.
November 4th (Tuesday): 3 miles (18:49) in the AM. Work until 6pm. Straight to bowling. Tired so the afternoon run did not happen.
I cannot stand the cuteness.
November 5th (Wednesday): 4 miles (26:38) in the AM. Out of work at 4:15pm to head down to UAlbany for the Wednesday workout at 6pm. 6xmile with 400 rest. Quicker. 2.5 mile warmup around campus. I didn't quite have the motivation right before the workout as I was getting my strides in on the straightaways. I had a very brief pep talk with Goup and he pumped me up. He pointed out the potential cute girls running a workout on the track and that should be motivation enough. Worked like a charm.
Workout went as followed: 4:49, 4:51, 4:49, 4:48, 4:46, 4:43. 40:32 for the total time of 5:24 pace for the 7.5 miles. 5 Guys Burgers and Fries for a reward from the 17 mile day.
November 6th (Thursday): 8+ miles (54:06) in the morning solo. 8 miles (56:24) in the evening with Goup in the pouring rain for a 16 mile day. Quality recovery. Ran past a pizza place and they convinced me to order a couple pizzas for dinner.
Dinner and leftovers for lunch.
November 7th (Friday): 5 miles (34:47) in the AM. Busy day at work - been a busy week overall. 5 miles (37:43) with Derrick in the evening.
Baked potatoes and avocado. Mmm.
November 8th (Saturday): 10 miles (67:43) in the morning with Megan and Goup on the bike path. Headed over to Back in Balance for my flush massage at 10am. Walmart, Target, groceries, movies on TV, and a well deserved nap was my entire day.
Hearty dinner for the race tomorrow.
November 9th (Sunday): Carpooled with Renee and Jenn from Renee's house. We almost (we did for a couple miles) forget the numbers for the entire team. Turned around after a little bit down the road to grab them from Renee's car. To the elite tent to drop off our stuff and relax for a short time. 4 mile warmup (27 + strides). 8:30am start. Stacked field and went out with the leaders.
4:48 through the 1st mile, but I knew we would be quick with the type of guys in the field including Josh McDougal. 5k split of 15:39 and right with the top 10. My 4th mile was slow and that's where I lost contact with the lead pack for the next 5k. 31:41 through 10k (16:02 2nd 5k). Last 5k I brought it back down and focused back in with the overall downhill grade. Finished up with a 47:22 (15:41 last 5k). 5:05 pace overall and a PR by a few minutes. Conversion to 10 miles puts me at a solid sub 51 effort. Happy with the results. 45+ minute cooldown with Patrick (4th place overall) from Syracuse. Awards ceremony (too long) and Bombers for burritos and relaxing.
Another 4 miles (26:58) in the evening to finish off a 25 mile day.
Eyes open? Not sure.