Thursday, January 25, 2007

Better, but not quite there yet

I thought I did quite well on my first race but after crunching the numbers with the calculators on the North American Racewalking Foundation (NARF) website, I'm coming up short of the 12 minutes per mile pace for the marathon. Guess the only thing left to do now is to continue training.

This morning I tried out a new pair of Asics DS Trainers. I wore out the threads on the Loco Banditos and enough people have recommended that I get something with more support so I'll see how I do with these DS Trainers. They seem to have good support but aren't built like those "motion control" foot tanks designed for over pronating runners.

Anyway, this is how it went this morning:
Mile 1 - 11:32
Mile 2 - 11:25
Mile 3 - 11:42
Mile 4 - 11:48
Mile 5 - 11:49
Mile 6 - 11:35
Average Pace - 11:39 minutes per mile
Total Workout - 1:09:54

I'm not sure if it was a good idea going this fast a couple of days before the long distance workout. My heart rate stayed under 165 bpm so I wasn't pushing all that hard, or is my heart getting into condition and slowing down?

I decided to do the long workout with Lindsey's L.A. Roadrunners group on Saturday morning. I like the speed work with the Southern Cal Walkers but I need the distance walks and 20 miles is on Lindsey's schedule.

Sunday is the big racewalking event in Chula Vista and I'm looking forward to being a spectator.