Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Less than 3 weeks to Payton Jordan: Last week's training.

Following the World Cross Country Championships in China last month, I felt like a had a little space to breathe before the next big race, but we're already inside the 3 week mark heading into the 10k on the track at the Payton Jordan Invitational. While I've done a large load of base work and strength workouts, I am still looking to hit a couple more intense track sessions to at least give myself confidence. I jumped into another  10 x 500 meters workout with short rest of Friday, and again it went well. In the middle of a chilly and windy day and hit right around the best average I ever have of 79.0. We have time for one or two more big track sessions with more volume, and that should be all I need to feel ready for a 10k personal best. My current personal best is 27:44, and the 'A' standard to qualify for the Track and Field World Championships is 27:45, so I will be have to be at my best to meet this goal. While running sub-27:45 does not guarantee me anything, it does mean that if I am top 3 at the US Championships again in Eugene, I will get to represent Team USA once more this year.

My wife and I are closing on our first house this week in St. Johns, hands down the best running neighborhood in Portland. Fortunately we are moving from a one-bedroom condo, and I started the process a week ago to make sure I didn't have to do much on any given day and keep myself rested for training. It's tempting to get out and get everything done in one go, but I need to stay fresh over the next few weeks, which means taking naps and keeping the lifting light and spread out over the course of a week. With that said, a lot of organizing is left to be done, and it's almost time to lace up for another track session. Thanks again for reading. Follow me here on Twitter for more updates.

Week 20 AM PM Strength/Drills Mileage
Monday 11.5 5.5 40 minutes 17
Tuesday 7 15 x 200 @ 29-30 17
Wednesday 14 off 14
Thursday 10 5 + drills and strides 40 minutes 15
Friday 5.5 10 x 500 w/100 meter jog rest (40 seconds) @ 78-80, avg. 79.0 16
Saturday 12.5 off 40 minutes 12.5
Sunday 18 off 18.5
TOTAL 110

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