Monday, August 24, 2009

Pretty much famous now

Recently, I entered a contest that RunnerDude had on his blog. The ask was to write up a blurb stating how running changed your life. Now, don’t ask me how writing about two of my favorite topics (running and me) ALSO makes me eligible for awesome prizes, but that is the kind of guy that RunnerDude is. It was actually pretty interesting putting to words how running has changed my life. I don’t want to recycle the post here, but let it suffice to say that I can eat a LOT more. Between that and all of the free T-Shirts, I’m not sure why I didn’t starting running earlier.

Check out his blog here. More importantly, check out how running changed my life. RunnerDude has lots of great posts on nutrition, training for races, and GREAT contests. I didn’t win this contest, but I know that he has one if not two contests going on right now!

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I ended my glorious step back week with a 6 mile marathon pace run and a 12 13.1 mile group run with the East Valley Runners. My paces were right on target – if not a bit faster than expected at 7:26 and 8:17 respectively.

My second group run was just as fun as the first. The East Valley Runners (EVR) have what is called “Run and Swim”. Now, before all of the triathletes get into a brick induced frenzy, Run and Swim involves running and then taking a dip in someone’s pool afterwards. No laps, no times, just normal relax the muscles soak.

I will say that running in a group has been interesting. I seem to be in some sort of pace limbo. That is, I am slower than a few of the marathon runners and a lot of the half marathon runners, but I am faster than some of the other marathon runners. I feel that no one is running around the same pace as I would like. This past weekend during my long run, I decided to split the difference and start out with the slower runners and then speed up and run with the fast guys for a while. It was fun, but it made for interesting splits. My first few miles were right around 9 min miles where as my last miles hovered in the 7:50 range. How does everyone else accommodate this?

6 comments:

The Sean said...

most of your longish runs can be run slower than youwould think, especially early in a cycle. you will want to run some faster miles as your cycle progresses, try sprinkling these in during the last 1/3 of your normal long run distance. A great format with your group runs it sounds like.

Jamoosh said...

I don't know how your group works, but I used to Coach first time marathoners until just recently. Now that I do not have to run back and forth among the group, I do group runs with what works best for me. I normally start out slow which puts me at the end of the group and they will normally put some distance on me for the first mile or two. But then my body is ready to roll and I usually end up the anywhere from mid-pack to front pack. As long as you don't lose touch with the group(s), run the pace that works best for you.

Ulyana said...

Pretty cool, man! Just don't get too famous and stuck up for visiting my blog, haha, ok?

I know what you mean about pacing. Man, it is SO FREAKING HARD to find someone who's at the same level as you are. It was like that for me in my San Diego running group. I was always just "between".

Michelle said...

Your awesome Adam. I loved reading about what running means to you. I think I am inspired to write a post about that!!! Thanks bro!

OhMyLaughter said...

Your contest entry post was very relatable. I feel like a lot of runners have similar reasons for why they took up the sport.

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