Sunday, March 8, 2009

3/7 Weekend Runs

3/7: 5 mile walk. 18:00 pace
3/8: 13.1 miles, 1:50:36 total time / 8:26 pace, 181 average heart rate

Saturday: I didn't do the scheduled MP run mostly because I just didn't want to. :) The wind was howling out of the south blowing in VERY warm weather. However, the other reason was that I had a chance to walk / run to the gym with my wife and I would much rather do that. So, we walked / ran the 2.5 miles there and 2.5 miles back. While there, I focused on my chest, arms, and back to try to catch up from weight lifting lost during the week before. The ghetto hotel didn't have very good weights. Like I am pretty sure I've said before, I'm really trying to not to let my training get in the way of 'life'. In fact, I've been able to sleep in and just run when it is convenient thus far. My wife has loved this. And you know what they always say... If moma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!

Sunday: Long run on a glorious stepback week. After my snow run last week, I needed a shorter run. But, instead of running the scheduled 12 miles, I decided to just do a half marathon. I'll probably do this going forward when I have step back weeks. My long runs will now go 19, 20, 12 and then alternate between 20 and 12 until the race. I think that I get in three 20 mile distances during this training cycle. This is the most that I will ever do! Hopefully my body holds up.

The run itself didn't go too bad. The wind was still a bit strong, which slowed me down through miles 6 and 7. If you look at the graph below, you can tell that my speed got a lot choppier during that time. Also during that time, I ate some GU. This is one of the first times I've ate it as I normally eat powerbar gels. It wasn't too bad. The flavor was much better than powerbar, but it was a LOT thicker. A trade off I suppose but one that is well worth it. I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes during my 19 next week! I plan on eating at least 3 during that run.... probably at 6, 12, and 18.
Mileage this week: 30 miles


Steve Stenzel said...

Nice 13.1! Sweet job!!

Marcy said...

Ohhhh Gu. I used to use that stuff all the time but switched. They didn't have enough electrolytes in them or something. Or maybe I was just bored and switched brands HAHA. But yeah for the most part they taste good.

Michelle said...

OK excellent running. Also whats up with those gels? Are they actually good? Somehow I don't think I could swallow a gel or a GU or whatever!!!

Ulyana said...

Just a suggestion - start taking the gels 20 mins into the run... it takes the gels about 20 mins to start working. And you should take them about every half hour. I eat powerbar, not GU, so I don't know what it says on the GU wrapper, but on the powerbar one it says to eat gels every 20-45 mins. It might seem too much, but taking them that often helps with recovery and prevents having gaps in energy levels - which is exactly your goal! Tell us how it goes!

sRod said...

I've tried most of the GU flavors and have to say that only Chocolate works for me. All the other ones are, um, acquired tastes.

aron said...

great job on the run!!! I like all the GU flavors except for orange :)