I had a very solid workout this morning. I ran about 10.5 miles, and had a 20 minute tempo session in the middle. I ran 3.13 miles in 20 minutes, which means I ran a 5k in about 19:50. I was running hard but very controlled and not a race effort. I was out on the road on my own and this was my second tough workout in three days, so I am happy with how this went. I am excited about how good I am feeling and my confidence is slowly coming back.
And look what I had on my feet this afternoon, just in time for a 20 miler this weekend! Woo hoo! PureFlow 2's! A fellow Brooks teammate works in a running store in Florida and was awesome enough to overnight me a pair when his store got a shipment in yesterday. Oddly enough, we don't have any running specialty stores up here in the middle of nowhere. :)
In bigger news...
Today at the USA Track and Field Meetings, the Olympic Marathon Trials standards for 2016 were voted on. My new goal is to beat 2:43, and my window of opportunity will open in August of 2013 and will close 30 days before the Olympic Trials race (so I will have until late 2015 or early 2016).
Am I discouraged that it just got a little bit harder? No. I knew it was a possibility (likelihood) that the standard would be moved from 2:46 to 2:43 so I was prepared for that. Bring it on. :)