In the last post I laid out 4 goals for the month of March.
Goals for March:
1. Get back to normal training with a goal of ~250 miles and ~40K of vertical this month.
2. Hit the weight room at least 2 times a week.
3. Do one 14er.
4. Do at least one shorter race (5K or so) to get a measurement of fitness.
A few weeks ago I completed a 3 mile race to get a gage of my fitness. I ran one of the monthly races that Rocky Mountain Road Runners puts on. You can find their website here. It is a great deal: free for members (membership is $35 a year) or $10 per race if your not a member. You are not going to find a race cheaper.
My goal was just run around 170 beats per minute for the first 2 miles and push on the third to get a baseline on my pace on a flat course. Here are my splits, overall average was 6:10 per mile at 170 beat per minute. This gave me a finish time of 18:45 for the 6th fastest on the day. That is the baseline for next month, faster than 6:10 per mile.
I would highly recommend these low stress races. They are a lot of fun. Only 3 more goals to hit for the month and I am on target as of today.
GPS data here.