Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Weekend of Firsts

I certainly had a weekend of firsts. On the house front, I parked both cars in the garage for the first time. Score. Since we have no kids (and my wife throws away most 'clutter') getting both cars in was the #1 goal for this weekend - and we had no excuse for not being able to do it. Although, I was so tired after we were done, I fell asleep at 8:00.

On the running front I had a couple of really good runs. My Saturday run was my first ever group run. It was funny, I was honestly a bit nervous! I set everything out the night before like the first day of school. Unfortunately, because I was a little nervous, I forgot my Garmin! So, two of the members graciously offered to pace me. Unfortunately, that meant that I had to run 1 mile more than expected - no big deal. I'm sure I looked like a newbie runner tool. Either way, it was a blast. I am for sure going to join. They do runs about every day it seems, but of course only the Friday and Saturday runs fit into my schedule.

If you are ever in the eastern part of Phoenix, check out the East Valley Runners.

Total weekly mileage: 51 miles!! A new personal record. I was scheduled to only do 49, but I ran one extra mile on Thursday and one extra on Saturday.

10 miles, ~8:05 pace
My first ever group run. I got to meet a lot of really neat people - only two of whose name I remember. Fail. However, I got to chit chat with some cool guys and not feel guilty about talking about running all the time. Score.

19 miles, 8:10 pace
Phoenix has been experiencing a "cool snap" with highs around 104. This means that at 6:00am, it is still in the upper 70s. This feels GREAT compared to ~90 at the same time. Mostly due to the cool weather, this run went as well as I could have ever expected. I took gels every 5 miles and only stopped to walk during my last gel. Well, that and when I hit the wall at 18.5 miles. I only had 4 minutes of running left, but for some reason I couldn't squeeze out any more miles.

7 comments:

The Sean said...

Nice week!!! it sure helps to have some other runners to lean on on a weekly basis to keep that consistency going.

Kelly said...

I haven't done a group run since high school cross country. I miss it a little, but have yet to find anyone to run with here in Indiana. Great job this week!

Michelle said...

You are freaking awesome buddy!!!

It is fun to run with a group. I tried once, but couldn't keep up, so I was sort of running with a group, but alone at the same time :O)

aron said...

woooo 50+!! NICE job on the week!

sRod said...

That's one packed week! COngrats on all fronts.

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Hey Adam, Do you eat Gu's when doing long weekend runs? I'm in a two week buildup before starting the marathon plan and I have long runs each weekend from now on. Today is supposed to be nine. What's your recommendation for nutrition? Thx!

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And yes, I'm scanning back through your old posts, which will probably lead to me building a small shed in the backyard with a world map and a bunch of pushpins and newspaper clippings of you in races and likely a voodoo doll but I'm curious about nutrition.