Wednesday, September 2, 2009

August Running

Much like my good looks, my training has peaked for this marathon training cycle. While this week is a step back week, next week I’ll hit a solid 60 miles. That means that I’ll engage in somewhere around 8 hours of running adventures. Mix that with my dad being in town and I’m going to be one busy guy. Busier than a dog with two peckers! (Mission accomplished on trying to use that saying more)

While I haven’t had much luck with my long runs, my day in and day out running has gone quite well. I’ve been able to knock out 5/6/5 miles over the last three days with an average pace at or below 8:10. The real test is going to be tonight with my 45 minute tempo run. I’m going to try to hit this run at around 7:15 pace which is my 10K pace + 15 seconds or so. I’ve sometimes had some trouble sticking out the entire tempo run, but for some reason I am feeling pretty good about this one. Since a tempo run is supposed to be at the pace that you can hold for an hour nonstop, 45 minutes is going to be really pushing the threshold. Pain is good. Right?
On a related note, I hit a new monthly mileage PR during August - 221 miles at a 8:17 average pace. I’m pretty excited as this is the first time that I’ve ran further than 200 miles during a month long period. I uploaded all of my runs into RunningAhead to celebrate. All the while marveling at each glorious graph of running competence.
For that matter, I just clicked past 1000 miles for the year. I didn’t do that for all of 2008. So I have that going for me, which is nice. I’m on track to pass 1500 which is way past my new year’s resolutions. Maybe that will make up for not sending post cards?

10 comments:

The Sean said...

have a nice tempo run, remember to rul loose and relaxed. this should feel like a cruise while allowing the time itself at the pace to do the work. Basically you are slowly accumulating lactate during your 45 minutes, it should be easier than you think. Nice month!

The Sean said...

http://www.letsrun.com/2006/collegesuck.php

Check out the above link for some great advice on effort versus actual training effect!

The Sean said...

It took me a long time to realize consistency was more important than blasting a daily run out (for my ego).

I use to run with a guy that never ran better than 8 min pace on easy days and then he'd drop 15 flat for a 5k... leaving me in the dust.

Pat said...

221 is amazing. And you were haulin' a$$ too. Great job.

Julia said...

WOO! Congrats on a mileage PR: that's awesome! Good luck on your tempo run; I find them to be hard as well, but they always go so much better when you go into it with a can do attitude like you!
PS- totally cracking up at your photo :)

Erin said...

Your blog is a great read! I have been "lurking" for a while and your posts are always a fun read. As someone about to embark on their first (very slow) marathon, it's been nice to read about all your running adventures.

Reid said...

221?! Holy cow! Now that is impressive. I thought my high of 135 prior to my last marathon was something to brag about. It's all relative, right?

You doing any 5k in the near future? I'm planning on one on the 19. You should check it out. www.trsphoenix.com

Michelle said...

221 miles is awesome!! Really nice. I ran 125 miles for August so your just a bit ahead of me. Plus over 1000 for the year bro??? Very impressive.

aron said...

AWESOME job on august!!! your training is going great :)

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