Saturday, June 27, 2009

Weeks worth of Running

I've been able to get quite a few good runs in while on vacation. That may make me a bit sadistic to run on vacation, but it gave me a chance to blow off some pent up vacation energy. Either that or burn off a few of the Pina Colatas. All drinks on the beach don't count towards daily calories, right?

6/22 - 3 miles @ 8:30 - Recovery
6/23 - 6 miles @ 8:00 - Longish run
6/24 - 6 mile crazy long "nature hike" (story below)
6/25 - 5 miles with 4xhills. 4x400 @ 6:22 pace w/ 5% incline and 400 rest @ 9:30 recovery pace
6/26 - Sweet glorious rest
6/27 - No runs. Planned MP day, however due to flights was not able to run
6/28 - 13.1 miles, 8:12 pace (1:47:32 total time)

Total weekly mileage: 33 miles

So, like I said earlier, I relented to the treadmill while in St Thomas. I couldn't handle the hills or the heat. Fail. As a result, my first two days of running were pretty much business as usual. My 'nature hike' is a completely different story. My wife and I decided to go to St John and go for a "quick" hike. It was supposed to be a 3 mile, downhill hike from one of the highest points on the island to the beach. We would then catch a cab at the plentiful resorts that would await us at the beach. THERE WERE NO RESORTS. Fail fail fail. Once we arrived on the beach, we found it deserted. (See picture to the right) My wife was NOT impressed. The great news? Not my fault! Yay! So, round trip we put in a solid 6 miles. It should count for more since my wife so so pissed we practically jogged up all 1000 feet of vertical assent.

Wow, that hill entry on the 25th seems VERY complicated and drawn out. I think that it kicked my ass just as much as it was complicated. It was the first time that I've done real hill work on the treadmill. I'm not sure if I liked it, but it definitely made me hit my paces. While I was running my hills, a ~18 year old kid was next to me running what seemed to be a progressive tempo run. Nothing like seeing a young guy inch closer and closer to my 'normal' pace to keep me motivated. We almost came to blows a time or two, but eventually cooler heads prevailed. We eventually just compared size of chest hair patches, I lost and then I cried myself to sleep.

Finally, my long run today was a scheduled 13 miles. As usual, I tacked on the extra 0.1 mile to make it a solid half marathon. I was able to keep the pace that I wanted to (8:15) even in the Arizona heat. I stayed VERY hydrated - to the point that for a while I started wondering if the various utility cabinets would cover my jumblies enough that the passing cars wouldn't call the cops. While I was able to hold the pace I wanted, my legs are a bit sore and tired after the run. Hopefully they'll be able to bounce back - 42 miles scheduled next week!

Whew. Now I can get caught back up on blogs. I have a feeling that I won't get through the 200+ that I need to until Monday night or so. Here I go!


Rural Runner E said...

One of the things I look forward to more than anything while on vacation is the ability to go on a run, whenever I want for how long I want, and no worries. The pictures were wonderful.

Kelly said...

That sucks about the beach... but at the same time, you guys found a deserted beach, and that alone is awesome. You should've stayed there and hung out for a while!

Michelle said...

Boo-Yah on your running bro!

Your keeping a great fast pace. Kinda jealous here!!!


aron said...

wow great job on the vacation running!!

OhMyLaughter said...

Um. Yeah. I tend to run/workout on vacation as well.

Usually not quite as hard as if I were at home...but going a week without any activity is just kind of blah to me. I start craving endorphins :)