Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mid week half marathon run

I was recently talking to a friend who, while injured, went to a doctor who asked “how many half marathons did you run before you ran your first marathon”. Her response was the same as mine would have been. Why do I have my pants off? It is my foot that hurts! None. However as part of marathon training, most good plans have you running half marathons multiple times in the form of long runs, or some time mid week long runs. You see, on Tuesday, I run a half marathon. . . . .as part of training.

As I’m sure that you’ve grown tired of hearing, I decided to take my training to the next level and stock up on LSD, HGH, and a few others that I can’t pronounce really pack on the miles. This means that I’m running 10+ mile runs 3 and sometimes 4 times a week. It’s a lot for sure. If someone could shoot me an email every week or so and remind me what my family looks like that’d be great. (Kidding, of course – my wife posts pictures on Facebook that I check out while working.)

Tuesday’s plan had 14 miles on the schedule. I am still trying to ease into it so I decided to back it off a bit and just do 13.1. I like to think of high mileage training plans like getting into bondage in the bedroom. You don’t break out the nipple clamps right away, you just smack each other around with leather a bit first to get a feel for it. . . . . or so I assume.

It’s really interesting what you see while running for 1:42 hours in the wee hours of the morning:

  • First, I found out where all of the dude runners are!!! I saw 4 or 5 of them. One didn’t even have a shirt on. As another shirtless guy, that made me happy. Not tingle in the pants happy, but more of a “cool, I’m not the only one who has no shame” kind of happy.
  • To the ladies credit, there were a bunch of them out as well. They generally ran in packs and only 50% responded to a shirtless, sweaty, panting, runner’s waive and “morning!” battle cry.  I think one of them pointed mace at me.
  • Finally, I also saw all sorts of wildlife. I mean, there were the normal dogs (someone was running with a wiener dog that just seemed wrong. . . .AND HILARIOUS), but also saw a peacock, and for the first time EVER I saw a snake. It was curled up in a circle right beside the sidewalk. It caught my eye as I ran right by it and I might have yelped like a little girl. So, I did the only manly thing I could think of: Got 20 feet away from it, grabbed a handful of gravel and threw it at it. Fortunately, it was dead. Of course, being a guy I had to find a stick and poke it to make sure. Guys like to do that.

He looks friendly enough....
The run itself went OK. I had ran 10 miles the day before so my legs were tired from the start. In fact, I could feel myself getting closer and closer to “the wall” as I passed through 10 miles and beyond. I wanted to stop, I wanted to walk, but I just kept jogging at my normal long run pace of 7:45ish. It was tough, but I suppose that is entirely the point. Running on tired legs will hopefully train me to NOT walk at 20 miles during my next race, right?

What is the furthest you’ve ran mid week? 13 miles is my furthest thus far!

28 comments:

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I've encountered a few live snakes on my runs, and every time I shriek like I'm being murdered.

But, I'm a girl, so it's okay.

Randy said...

Dude, I am rolling over the bondage comment...nicely done.

The most I've done midweek is 10, but I think Pfitz55 has more than that in store from me. I've tried to stop looking ahead. I've got a 10 tomorrow as a matter of fact.

WannabeRunner said...

Wait, you saw a peacock?! Were you running by the zoo? :)

Brian said...

14 miles two Fridays ago was my longest non-weekend run and my longest run, period, since March.

However, I'm not quite starting my training plan (Higdon Novice II, I think) for my second marathon (Nov 20) yet, so lately I've been trying to just keep my base up over the hot summer months.

I've just been running my regular 8 to 10-mile route 3x a week (usually every other day). (Last week I cut back due to extreme heat) Twice, I've gotten myself up a little earlier and had great weather and ran 13 or 14 miles on Friday mornings, but I haven't done a half marathon distance midweek and followed that up with a longer "long run" on Saturday or Sunday.

I'm going to start Higdon at the week 4 or 5 level because of where I am on my mileage, so once I do that i'll end up shortening midweek runs and stretching out the long runs.

Brian said...

Also, I've seen snakes twice on my runs here in Middle of Nowhere, PA.

I am completely petrified of snakes. These were just tiny l'il garter snakes, but it doesn't matter. Terrified.

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

Furthest during the week so far is 10...weekend 16....so far.

Quetsion for you..with all these longer runs I've been getting numb on top of my foot...you ever get that with these long runs??

Nelly said...

lol your posts are hilarious!

hopefully you didn't get sprayed with the mace, haha

Scary on the snake, I've only seen a snake on the trail once, and I tried to warn another runner that there was a snake on the trail, but she was buried in her ipod, hopefully she didn't step on it!

The scariest encounter I had with wildlife on a run was a pack of 4 wolves that blocked a trail, we had to take a big stick and threaten them to move and make a bunch of noise or else we might have been in for a fight with them - scary stuff.

Longest midweek run I've done is only 10 miles I think...

Char said...

Your snake comment made me think of Steve Irwin and the only time i ever watched his show. He grabbed hold of a snake by the tail. The snake was hissing and spitting and desperate to get away and all he could say was "she's a feisty little thing". Let go of her tail you moron and she won't be so angry, was what I thought.

Nobel4Lit said...

I did a double take of that photo of that vest guy... thought it was you for a sec! LOL!

Holly said...

My longest is 6, but I've only done a 1/2 M.

ajh said...

I can't answer any question because I can't go past that snake picture!

XLMIC said...

Are you sure it was a dead snake and not just a coil of dogcrap?

Can't wait to hear that nipple clamp review ;-)

SupermomE12 said...

I saw a snake this morning too, but it was just a teeny tiny garden snake. Not too scary. I would have been more afraid of the girl with the mace. :) Great job on your run!

Jackalope said...

Longest for me (of my own accord) has been 12. (I did 26 with a rucksack once, but that hardly counts as I had very little choice in the matter.)

Nice thing about being in grad school; gaps in schedule mean daytime runs :)

Jamoosh said...

I have no comment today. Brain freeze.

Runners Fuel said...

geat job! I always run a half 2 weeks before my real half.

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I have 14 either tomorrow or Friday depending on weather but only because I have a race on Sunday so I'm doing my long run during the week. Normal mid week usually goes up to 8 for me.(and that's enough for me!)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

"not tingle in my pants happy" funny.

Lisa said...

"Kidding, of course – my wife posts pictures on Facebook that I check out while working"


buwahahahahahahahahaha

C2Iowa said...

never have seen a snake on a run. Many skunks and deer. I was even hit by a deer once - last fall. Answer: 15mi

juanitagf said...

Since I do my long runs mid-week, it would be 23... However, in the spirit of the question 12. I only wish my easy run pace was 7:45... I could definitely get more miles in per week if my easy pace was faster than 10ish!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Mid-week during heavy marathon training time, usually 2 12-milers. I am usually in the burn-out zone after a marathon, though.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Back when I had a typical pharmacist's schedule I'd do 20+ miles, wash my face, and go to work from 2 to 10 pm (heaven help the snack aisle those days, I was eating everything). Now that I'm working 9 to 6 my furthest has been 12.5. Slacking!

king Eyes' said...

you can make friendship with snake ha ha ha ha ha ha.

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Kate said...

Geez...you run 13 miles in 1:42 and have time to poke a dead snake? If that's what training hard does for you...yeah, I'm still not going to train as hard as you do. I'll just admire your work ethic from afar.

The longest work-week run I can remember doing was 8 or 9 miles. I had to get up super early to do it, but it was really cool going into work knowing I had already knocked that many miles off. :)

Emily said...

A SNAKE!? I am never running in arizona again. Scratch that, I am never coming to arizona again!

Carrie said...

I'm so slow, I can only do 5 miles during the week or I'd have to start in the dark.

Thanks for the chuckles this AM. Loved the FB comment.

BrianFlash said...

I was doing 10 mile runs during the week when ultra training. I'm too slow/lazy to take on those runs during the week.

Women never return my running wave. And I wear a shirt and try to appear non-threatening. I thought they were just unfriendly around here until I ran with my wife. Then they returned her waves with abandon!