Anyway, here's where I currently stand -- 7 weeks out from my 26.2-mile debut at VCM...
75, 80 and 85 miles the last 3 weeks since New Bedford. No uber-impressive workouts to speak of, but a few solid sessions of note included a progression run on 3/23, closing the last 2 miles in 5:15, 5:11, a steady 19 on the Stu's 30K course with Greg on 3/25 and an ugly 5-mile tempo in 27:43 with Ryan on 3/27. Last Tuesday night we had a big group come together for 3 x 2-miles in 10:16, 10:16, 10:08 on the Charles and yesterday I fartleked 21 miles with LalalaRosa and Dan the Man, hitting a couple miles hard in the middle and finishing up the last 3-1/2 at a steady clip. Again, nothing crazy, but very consistent. After a couple years of training like a knucklehead, I now realize it's that second C-word that's going to lead me to a PR.
Anyway, Boston's just a week away and New England will be well represented with a solid local crew making its way to the starting line. While the rest of us bitch and moan, for their sake I hope the cooler weather sticks around just long enough that it's smooth sailing from Hopkinton into Boston on April 16. Best of luck to Ryan, Terry, Ely, Borling, Callahan, Bernie, Friedman, both Moultons, Kieron, Greg Saia, Kasie Enman, Kimmy, Emily, Andrea, Kristin and anyone else I'm unintentionally forgetting. Kick some ass!
Quote of the last week:
I vote for Fridays, not that I am ever there. It would give me two weekend nights to drink instead of one.
Mark Coogan, in response to switching Saturday morning practices to Friday night