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34.9!

by | Dec 10, 2010 |

On Wednesday I ran 200 meters in 34.9 seconds! It was the second-to-last interval in a set of 20 x 200m. I ran some of them on a track and some on a hill. My 34.9 was on the track, of course.

Now, you might be wondering why a runner who has run 24 consecutive 37-second 200’s in a race would brag about running just one 200 in a little under 35 seconds. Two reasons:

1.   It’s been a while since I’ve done it.

2.   Alberto dared me to brag about it on my blog

It’s funny how you can have different feelings about the same numbers at different times as a runner. If I had run a 200 in 34.9 seconds before competing in the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2008 Olympics I would have been concerned. But when I did it two and a half months after giving birth to my son, Colt, I was excited. So excited that Alberto dared me to brag about it.

What I’ve learned is that it’s not the numbers themselves that matter in training, it’s whether the numbers get better. If I’m still running 200’s in 34.9 seconds this summer, I won’t be so excited!

Speed continues to be the part of my fitness that is coming around most slowly. Everything else is ahead of my expectations. My endurance has improved a lot. Last weekend I ran 15 miles at 6:22 per mile and felt good. My tempo runs are also getting better. I ran six miles at 5:35 per mile recently.

My recovery has also been better than expected. Normally I nap every day when I’m logging a lot of miles. I haven’t been able to nap at all since Colt was born, and I’m up to 90 miles this week, but I continue to bounce back from each run pretty well. Sooner or later I’m going to need to start napping again, though!

I haven’t had this much fun running in a while. It feels like such a gift to be able to throw myself into it again after having put it on the back burner for my pregnancy. I can’t wait to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon on January 16. That’s barely more than a month away! I missed racing while I was pregnant but now I’m excited to race, because it’s close enough to be real.

Of course, I don’t expect to set a world record in my first big test, but I’m not going to lie to you and say that I’m approaching it as a workout and will be satisfied with my performance no matter what. I’m going to run hard and I want to run a decent time. Realistically, I’m probably looking at a 1:12 or 1:11. If I manage to run a 1:10 I will be so excited that Alberto will probably dare me to brag about it (even though I’ve run 1:06)!

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