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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Penultimate Mile

Last night we met with our landlord and his repair person to re-sign our lease and go over the big and little issues that have come up with our house over the past year. Because of this meeting I didn't get out for my easy four mile run until 7:30. A full hour beyond when I usually run.

I guess I had some pent-up energy or just wanted to make sure I got home before dark, but I went a little crazy in the first mile. Oops.

My body rebelled in the second mile and I slowed down significantly and walked a little bit. That was okay, though, because it allowed me to actually look around. What I saw made me wish I had brought my camera with me. First I saw a cute dog lounging on top of a picnic table in someone's backyard.

Not this dog. Another dog.

Then I saw someone riding a bike like the one pictured above! There were three boys riding in the street. One on a bike like that, one on a bike with a little tiny front wheel, and one on a regular bike. What a sight!

I picked up the pace somewhat for the last mile because I wanted to tackle the (only) hill on my route and be strong about it. Overall, though, my pace last night was certainly not "easy"!


July's issues of Runner's World has an interesting (if not a little overwhelming) article in it about running your fastest 5K. Since my first 5K of 2009 is this Saturday, I was intrigued. Other than A LOT of talk about hill work (aside: can we please quit talking about hills? I'm freaked out enough about my half-marathon in July and the hills. Quit rubbing it in that I can't do hill work!) the one thing that stuck in my mind was that you should train by teaching yourself to push it hard during the penultimate mile. That tends to be when you slack off because you know you can push it hard during the last mile. I obviously failed at that last night, but it's something I'll have to remember the next time I have a 5K coming up. I think Wednesday night's easy three miles is probably too late to effect any lasting speed changes.

Speaking of my 5K....I'm still looking for one of the following: Someone to run it with me, someone to come cheer for me, or someone to come take some photos for my scrapbook so that I don't have to ask strangers. It's Saturday evening at 5PM in the northwest 'burbs of Chicago. Registration's still open!!


Monday night's stats:

Route:--Elev. Avg:628 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+4 ft
Date:06/08/09Up/Downhill: [+82/-78]
Time:07:35 PMDifficulty:2.0 / 5.0
Weather:Mostly Cloudy
 74 F temp; 68% humidity
 74 F heat index; winds NW 13

Distance: 4.01 miles
Speed:6.5 mph
Pace:9' 12 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
17' 34-1' 387.9+1.4+7 ft
29' 08-0' 046.6+0.0+17 ft
310' 03+0' 516.0-0.6-17 ft
49' 39+0' 276.2-0.3-4 ft
end9' 37+0' 256.2-0.30 ft
Versus average of 9' 12 min/mile

Posted from bimactive.com


Anonymous said...

What's up with all your nighttime races? We don't have those here!

Kelly said...

I don't think I could run a 5K at 5pm haha. But I also don't live in Chicago. Hope you find a running buddy though!

kristen said...

Boy, I sure wish I could give you some of my hills. You were smokin' on that first mile. Good luck on your 5k this weekend.

p.s. thanks for you words of encouragement on my last post. I feel much better.

kilax said...

That dog on the table must have been so cute!

I skimmed the 5K article this morning and picked up on the same things. We need to find some hills to run together ;)

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