One of the blog readers asked how I train. While something must be going ok for my 5k time to have dropped from 24 to 19 minutes in three years, I’m sure I could train much more effectively than I do. Part of the challenge is my job and especially my travels which compel me to align my workouts and days off with my schedule. The other main challenge is creating the time to begin proper strength work which I need to optimize my racing capabilities. At any rate, I am trying to run four days a week with a mix of intervals, faster 3 to 4 mile runs and slower 5 mile runs, plus two days a week for 50 minutes at a time on the elliptical for cardiovascular training and to save the pounding on my back and legs. When I’m on the track it’s serious work for a 50 year old (at least in the opinion of this 50 year old). In the last week or two I’ve done a workout of eight 400′s in 83 seconds each, another workout of five 800′s in 2:57 each and a third workout of three 1600′s in 6:11 each. For an even more diabolical workout, once in a while I drive up to Vista View Park in Broward and run up a 290 meter hill 12 times in about 64 seconds each. The Park is full of serious runners including occasionally world class athletes.
I recently discovered two interesting things. One is that by medaling in the Sunshine State Games in June I qualified for a biennial national age group competition next summer in California. The other is that there is a national corporate track and field meet every summer in California featuring GE, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen, Texas Instruments and Safeway among others. If the dates work out I would like to take our runners out there. The times are good but we can compete with them. I’ll keep you posted. If you know of any meets specific to CEOs please let me know. It goes with the territory that people often ask me about or exhort me to do a marathon. That’s a future possibility but not on the 2010/2011 schedule. The longest I would try this coming year is a half marathon, and only if I think I can go under 90 minutes. It’s too early to tell.