Monday, August 17, 2009

57 miles - and no worse for the wear!

This week had me setting a new weekly mileage PR. I ran 57 miles in 7 hours, 54 minutes total time with a 8:18 average pace. Add that to the warm up, cool down that is required….and I ran a LOT this week.

My trio of longer runs was very interesting. Like I said before, I started out with 8 miles, 6 at a tempo pace of 7:08 on Friday.

10 miles, 8:08 pace
My Saturday run was 10 miles at a comfortable pace. For me this week, that meant a run around 8:08 pace. I would have normally run with the East Valley Runners, however they were running part of the IM AZ route which was ~ 20 minutes away. After a bit of under breath cursing and some out loud complaining to my wife, I decided that there is no way that I was going to drive 20 minutes each way to go for a run at 5:00am. Getting up at 4:00am didn’t seem like something that I would have a good time doing. However, I had a great run and was back home by 6:30.

20 miles, 8:43 pace
My Sunday long run, and my first 20 miler, wasn’t good. I ran the 20 miles with a 8:43 pace, but that doesn’t tell the entire story. I started out VERY reluctantly at 5:00am. In fact, I remember crawling back in bed at one point in nearly full running dress. Unfortunately, I was only 1.25 miles in when nature called. I knew this wasn’t one that I could just run through, so I immediately turned around and headed back to the house. After I had taken care of some ‘business’, I got back to running. However, by this time it was already 6:00am and I was a bit stiff from the 15 minute delay. The run proceeded to get worse from there. The middle 14 miles are sort of a blur, but the last 6 miles or so were a bit of a struggle with a bit of walking about every other mile. I’m fairly certain that the issues with the run were just the culmination of all of the miles in the last 3 days. I ran 38 miles in three days – I think that would tire out most people.

Next week is a step down week. I’m doing a bit of reorganizing in my schedule so I can sleep in on Sunday morning and have an off day while traveling on Thursday. I’ll only run ~39 or so miles which will seem like a break after the last two weeks!

7 comments:

Kelly said...

Man! I don't think I've run 57 miles all SUMMER! Congrats!

Pat said...

Are you running on the canals or streets? I really like the canal that runs north from Gilbert to the Raparian Preserve.

The Sean said...

Next time you go long it will be better, just being on your feet this long is beneficial

Michelle said...

Nice job on your 57 miles for the week! That is really awesome job!!

You are really improving and I am so proud of you!

aron said...

you are really getting up there!! CONGRATS on your new mileage PR :)

Ulyana said...

you know you've worked your ass off when you are relieved to have a 40 mile week, lol... enjoy your "break"!

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