|Dan and I finishing the first race in May|
Goal Time: 19:50
Actual Time: 20:05
I was not storming the beaches. Nor was I dropping behind enemy lines. Nor did I blast the shores from a warship. I just ran, because 69 years ago my grandfather's generation did all of those things at Normandy and throughout the world so I could just run.
While we were sitting around the house in Maine, drinking some of his delicious summer homebrew, Scot and I discussed what's next.
In a fanciful flight that can only exist in a crazy runner's world. Scot and I were done with the Pineland Farms 50k and now had to immediately start training for the 26 x 1 mile relay 4 weeks later.
So my fast turn-around training plan for the next two weeks is 2 track workouts a week, November Project's Tour de Stade, and a race each week. Next week is the USATF championship downhill Hollis 5k. This week was the second of the Race Menu Thursday Night Series.
After the tough track/hill workout on Tues and the Tour de Stade on Wed, the most I hoped for was to run a Threshold workout (6:24/mi) on the course. At the gun, I went with the crowd. I felt tired but I didn't blame that on the speed but on the sore legs. I kept Dan in sight since he said he didn't expect to do much.
After we crossed the river and hit mile 1 mark my watched beeped. I looked down - 6:08. Not only was this not LT, it was on pace for my 3rd or 4th fastest 5k ever. I knew it wouldn't last and that I shouldn't even try. So, I pulled down to my Threshold pace for the next mile and tapered off from there.
Coming in at 20:05, I just missed averaging my LT and finished in 35th.
Finished the night with a trip to Tommy Doyle's in Harvard with Slumbrew's uninspired Attic and Eaves and Shipyard's perfectly serviceable Summer Ale.
Joe, Kieran and Bradley took 3, 4, 5
Dan finished with a 5k PR
Jenn R won the women's only race
SRR won the team award