Hello summer, which in our house brings an added dash of celebrating as it is birthday season as well. This year, Avery`s birthday and the first day of summer also coincided with the final day of school. Needless to say, Friday featured powerful anticipation for the girls, especially Avery, and when the report cards came, it brought great pride for us as parents, because of their success in the classroom once again.
As it related to the P.E.I. Marathon, we have used some strategies from running to hit goals for academics. One was my youngest daughter’s desire to achieve a reading goal of 500 books. So she mapped out a little plan, followed it reasonably well and on Wednesday, she hit 500, delighting herself. She should be happy. She worked hard, was dedicated and through it all, came to love reading more than she thought she might. When looking back at Day 1 of the year, it is heart warming to see her progress.
For Jaime, an avid reader herself, one goal was improving her violin abilities. So part of her routine was 15-20 minutes of work, 2-3 nights a week during the year in addition to her regular homework. That was rewarded with a concert at the local high school where all her class played on the big stage. For one of the selections, Jaime and her friend were front and centre. Was she nervous? Most definitely. But she pulled it off marvelously.
Now, there are big birthday events for Avery Saturday – which brings a challenge of restraint with all the cake! Next weekend brings Jaime`s 10th birthday celebrations and even more cake!
This are obvious parallels to the school year, practice and the long path to achieving a goal with running. It wasn`t always easy but the girls` dedication was a great example for all of us. And maybe this is my way of saying that if I crack four hours in P.E.I. in October, I want cake.
As for my first full week in the Pfitz plan, the biggest challenge was fitting in that mid-week `medium`long run at a pace 15 per cent above intended marathon pace. That meant 14.5 k on Thursday. After a day at work, then soccer, I admit, my energy levels were not high at 9:30 p.m. when I started but once I got rolling, it was good. I ran this one on the treadmill to catch Game 7 of the NBA final. I started while the experts were discussing the matchup in the pre-game show and ended with 1 minute remaining in the second quarter.
What a great sweat. I was worried about the recovery but Friday, other than a bit of fatigue, I felt great with only a slight tightness in my Achilles area (which is pretty normal; or last has been normal for the last 2 years).
Tempo Tuesday was a great challenge and it sapped me – especially the 7 k at half-marathon pace; which I figured to be 5-minute kilometres. More on the tempo business later on in this journey.
Have a great weekend.
3 k 6:19 per km pace
7k @5:00 per km pace
3k @ 6:19 per km pace
14.5 km @ 6:07 per km pace
Two runs 6 k recovery; 19k long run