went to the track today and started over with speed work. i'm straining to remember the apparent enthusiasm i had for it when speaking with mia awhile back.
i jogged 2 miles to warm up and then headed over to the track around foootball field....it was too soggy in places...so i switched over to the blacktop's shorter track. the 3rd lane all the way around was approximately .17 miles
there was a couple playing basketball and they had their vehicle parked across the "track" so i would (gratefully) slow down when i got to that part. i don't know if what i did was technically speedwork but any pace that leaves me gasping for air is speedwork in my book.
i kept altering the pace and the distance either running a full loop at 7-8 min pace then walking a full loop...sometimes i'd run half a loop then walk until i caught my breath before running again. it was all pretty random but a good workout. i was too pooped to jog the whole mile and half home!
i signed up for a race in Oct '07.
a BIG one
and it's far away.
i'm sure the magnitude of this decision has yet to set in but i have plenty of time to prepare.
any suggestions on how a bay area resident and first time marathoner should go about training for the Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon in Susanville, CA with an elevation factor of 4200 feet?