I told Lawder I would start writing for the blog months ago…well, after a tibial stress fracture and about a month and a half of training I’m finally getting around to writing this. Hopefully now that I’m starting to run a bit more I will be able to write more often.
First I have to thank the entire Big River Elite team and everyone else that have tried to keep me honest over the past few years while I was transitioning to the post-collegiate lifestyle and really just being lazy with my training. I’ve realized how great it is to have a team or even just a group of friends that are trying to accomplish the same things as you. I didn’t realize how much you rely on that in college and appreciate having a group to run with, even if it is just warming up and cooling down while doing separate workouts.
As for my training, it’s been a fun couple of months pushing myself back into shape. I’ve been able to get my mileage up to 70 miles per week and have attempted a few workouts to varying degrees of success. I will be racing the 3-mile race at the Kirkwood/Webster Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and seeing where I’m at after what will be just about 2 months of training. I don’t want to go into the race with high expectations since it’s been such a long time since I’ve race and don’t have much training under my belt, but I do want to set some goals for the race and give myself something to chase. My goals aren’t really anything special and my #1 goal is to make it to the start line in 10 days healthy, but regardless, here are my 2 goals once the race goes off next Thursday.
Time: 15:30 (stretch goal would be sub 15:20, but that might be asking a bit much based on the few workouts I’ve done)
Place: Since this is dependent on who shows up, I plan on letting anyone chasing O’Connor go and find that 2nd or 3rd pack around 5:05-5:10 pace