Saturday, November 15, 2008

The next Program

Week 2 of the twenty-week 2009 Reebok SunTrust National Marathon and Half Marathon Training Program, powered by volunteer coaches from my running club, is done. Or at least the long Saturday run is over. I have to run the track workout Wednesday evening.

Last week we all met at the Georgetown Running Company, normally the hook-up point for the marathon runners. After we listened to elite athlete Samia Akbar speak about running, we went out for a 6 mile run on the C&O Canal Towpath. It took an hour and the run was along the Potomac on nice soft dirt. I created the route. Yes, it was nice.

I direct the HM Program. Today we met at Gotta Run, our normal starting point. The fast coach wasn't there so I took out the rabbits. We went 7.45 miles running up to Ridge Road, down to Four-Mile Run Creek, over to the Potomac and on to National Airport, back up to Ridge Road and home. Do you get the idea that we ran up a ridge twice? I created the route. No, it was not nice.

We did it in 1:05:02. The four runners I was running with politely let me lead and set the pace. They didn't know where to go anyway. During the sixth mile, going up 23rd Street, which I call Restaurant Row, to get onto S. Arlington Ridge Road the second time, D, who ran a 1:32 Half in Baltimore last month, pulled even. He looked at me and smiled. "Go on, go on," I gasped as I feebly waved him on. His face brightened and he lit out up the hill, surmounted it, trotted back down and came up it a second time with me. Evidently the other three didn't feel like showing off because they stayed put behind me.

Last Wednesday was the Program's first track workout night. All these fasties showed up then too. The routine was 6X400 at tempo pace. I was the fastest of the three coaches there so I dutifully fell in with the fast group. Three guys rocketed off to a series of splits in the mid-80s, and I hung with the rest of the faster group many meters back. I did 90-92-96-98-92-93. I didn't lay a glove on those three students way up in front.

Man is this stuff great or what?

10 comments:

ShirleyPerly said...

I love it that you do the track workouts and other runs with your group. I'm sure you're an inspiration to many. Heck, you even got me thinking I might be able to get back to doing some faster running soon (haven't heard much from the hammy recently, which is good!).

David said...

They keep you young, don't they old man. I feel the pain too.

Rainmaker said...

The number of programs you run every year is pretty astounding.

akshaye said...

I can feel how painful that route must have been!

Anne said...

You sound like a wonderful coach and, as someone noted, it's great that you do the workouts with them. Our coaches hang back on track nights.

Danielle in Iowa said...

Hey! I may do the half in March! Still pending though...

Petraruns said...

I'm with Shirley on this. Other thought is - you are a glutton for punishment...

jeanne said...

it's great if you're FAST!!! :)

Dori said...

Nice work, Peter. Are you going to run the half marathon?

Sunshine said...

Great stuff, thanks partly to you, Peter!!!
Interesting to read about your running club.. and about your part in it. Inspiration.
You mentioned the PIG in a comment.. and I still am wishing I had been paying less attention to travel details.. and more to e-mail ... and we 3 would have met up with you there.

In many of your posts, it is clear that you are a good friend and a good encouragement to runners.
You do so much good while you are wishing your sons would come around. (Someday!) Congratulations on having a life.