It was not nearly as bad as I imagined. I had run 8.2 miles to old pump station 65 in the morning and felt pretty good most of the "swim". I could feel the legs getting very cold after about a minute so I bolted back out.
I'm at 178 as of today - still 10 lbs over my racing goal weight. That may be an unrealistic goal, but I've got to have one for the weight. I don't really feel light yet, but a as little as a couple pounds works wonders on picking up the pace.
No injuries on the horizon and i'm getting a weekly massage with Carles for the first part of the year to see how well I can do in the BAA marathon on April 15th.
I tabulated a path to 3:04 below by Boston using the Jack Daniles VDOT method
|jan 2H||feb 1H||feb 2H||march 1H||march 2H|
|VDOT : 48||VDOT : 49||VDOT : 50||VDOT : 51||VDOT : 52|
|Mile Pace||Mile Pace||Mile Pace||Mile Pace||Mile Pace|