Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mid Week Mile Explosion

I haven’t had a straight up running update in a while, so I figured that I was due. Especially since, as I sit here in my underwear, I’m still recovering from a solid 9 mile run.

Monday - 3 miles, 8:00 pace
Soooooo, this run was supposed to be a recovery run. There is a reason that I normally run these on a treadmill. Just like a college kid to Natural Light beer, my body is drawn to running ~8:00 min miles. VERY good during a marathon, not so good during a recovery run when the goal pace is 8:30. Need to work on this when not running on a treadmill. Of course, the irony is that I’m working to make my body gravitate to 7:15 min miles (3:10 marathon). Stupid Boston Marathon and your stupid goals making yourself so stupid appealing….

Tuesday - 9 miles, 8:03 pace
Wowza. My mid week “sorta long” runs are really starting to ramp up. I suppose you don’t get to 50+ miles a week by running 4 miles at a time, but it never hit me that it would require running 10+ miles 3 or more times a week. That is, until today. So, I had to treat this just like a weekend run. I made sure to hydrate during the day, made sure that I was covered in body glide, and I had to make sure that I had enough food to not keel over after 7 miles. I used a gift card that my mom gave me (thanks mom!) to buy one of those hand grip water bottles to run with. I had previously been running with water bottles in my shorts pockets. It sort of looked like I had some sort of growth on each side of my legs. Either that, or I was REALLY enjoying my run and my jumblies were hanging out all over the place. The bottle was a life saver. I was able to carry 20 oz of water with me while I suffered through the Atlanta heat. Well worth the $15 that it cost.

I thought about posting a graph of my pace, but basically it just looked like a straight line hovering around 8:00/mile. So, instead here is a chart about the governator! Hasta La Vista....

9 comments:

Ted said...

Whoa - nice workout you are doing this week. You are actually doing better than the Gov of Calif.

Michelle said...

Look at you go! YOU GO!

Your running is so great lately! I am impressed. I don't think you even need me as your sherpa anymore!!!

Julia said...

I'm getting scared of my mid week long runs. These runs used to be my LONG runs that I would do on Sunday. Now they are just my regular runs...insanity.
"Either that or I was REALLY enjoying my run"... lmao!

Rural Runner E said...

I really did not need the visual...not that you are not a fit man..but please, UNDERWEAR...are you kidding me...picked you for a COMANDO guy (like JOEY from Friends). LOL.

Great job with the running.
Impressive.

X-Country2 said...

I keep reading about people loving those water bottles. Great purchase.

Katie said...

Loved the graphic -- purdy funny :-). And I'm going to have to get me one of those water bottles ... when I start running again ...

aron said...

it can be so hard to slow down on those recovery miles but it definitely pays off :)

sRod said...

Nice work. I'm forcing myself to slow down for the long runs. It's actually been helping on the long runs (I have that "oh so this is what death feels like" feeling anymore).

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