On both Friday and Saturday I accompanied him and his mate Tommy Schmitz to the Stanford Invitational. Steve ran a great 800m in finishing 2nd (1:48) and came back the next day (Saturday) to run the 1500m as well. We're planning on running a 1500m together this coming weekend.
The plan is for him to pace me through 800 - 1000 meters at "x" pace. Will decide on that later. I'd love to run a quick 1500m but as Lorraine has mentioned, this is just a throwaway race. It's more to set me up for a good steeple and make the steeple pace feel that much slower. So we'll see how it all goes. Below is last week's training so read and enjoy...
Week (#43) March 30th - April 5th
Sunday: Distance: 21.50 miles @ 11:45 AM (33 degrees), Pace: 6:26Run Duration: 2h15
Very hilly run of Poorman's Loop + Sunshine & Mt. Sanitas.
Monday: Distance: 11.00 miles @ South Boulder Creek Path. Then 6 x 150m @ 19-20 seconds in spikes.
Tuesday: AM: Workout @ North Boulder. 1 x 3 miles & on Road . With Lorraine. Ran it earlier in the day than normal, due to afternoon flight to California. 1st time running this 3 mile road loop since January 22nd. 1st 2k = straight uphill. Splits: 5:24, 5:11 & 4:41 (last 1/2 mi = 2:12). Felt good and went @ aprox 75% effort as Lorraine had asked for. Distance: 10.00 miles total for day.
Wednesday: Workout @ Los Gatos High School ( CALIFORNIA) @ 1:00pM . 12 x 200 meters (200m recovery jog). Felt surprisingly easy. Started easy @ 30 sec and worked my way down. My buddy Steve Sherer (aka Mr. 3:56) was track side with me doing his own workout. Avg Pace: 28-29sec.
P.M Easy 4.5 miler (+ Core) along local creek path with Steve's mate: Tommy Schmitz. Distance: 12.00 miles
Thursday: Distance: 10.00 @ Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park @ 12:30 P.M with Tommy & Steve. Very nice and lush trails. The scenery (will try and post a picture soon) was great. The trees = MASSIVE!
Friday (Harlan's Birthday) 11 A.M Distance: 8.00 miles out & back on Creek Path near Los Gatos High, then cruisy 3 x 200m @ track in 26 seconds with full recovery (200m jog/walk).
11 A.M Workout @ West Valley Community College: 1 x 2000 meter Steeple. Ran 5:49 with splits of: 69,2:19,3:32,4:43,5:49. Felt pretty good just fell a sleep around 3 or 4 laps. Had to hurdle water pit due to it being boarded off. Had Steve there giving splits and checking out form. All in all a decent effort. Will look to be smoother/faster next time out. 4:05 P.M - Crusiy 8 miler @ 5:37 pace along marked miles on Los Gatos Creek Path. Didn't plan on running that fast, but it felt very easy so I just rolled with it. Distance: 14.25 miles
Week's Total Mileage: 86.75 (avg: 12.40 miles per day)
All in all I'd say it was a good week. Started in Boulder with a nice long and hilly run, and ended down at sea level with a solid 1st crack @ steeple barriers since '07 and a good post workout tempo run as well. Los Gatos is a nice area with some good hilly trails nearby. Another added bonus is that the local track/high school is barely over 1000 meters away from Steve's pad. The speed seems to be coming around quickly as well. Looking forward to the rest of my West coast trip/training & RACING!
Peace & Love