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Monday, July 13, 2009

Eight is Great

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On Saturday I did my last long run of this training cycle. I meant to blog about it yesterday while it was still semi-fresh in my mind but got caught up in being a totally lazy bum. Hey, sometimes you need those days, right?

Anyway, I dragged myself out of bed Saturday morning, used Facebook to grumble about how much I miss sleeping in on Saturday mornings, ate breakfast, and got on the bike patch at 8:00 AM.

It had thunderstormed like the world was going to end around 5 AM and although that had helped the temperatures cool down a bit, it left the air full of moisture. It was so humid that I felt like I was swimming for the first mile.

I started out super slow. Of course, not having any clue what speed I was actually going I just let myself shuffle along as slow as possible. When I hit the first mile marker at just over 11 minutes, I realized that I could try and aim for negative splits for the rest of the run. Meaning, I wanted each subsequent mile to be faster than the mile before it. Also, I wanted to do it without hitting the Pause button each time I stopped for an intersection.

I lucked out and only had to stop for more than a second once or twice. The big major intersection with a traffic light was in my favor both times. I passed one of the Chicago Area Runners Association training groups (they're training for the Chicago Marathon) which always gives me motivation. Heck, if they're out there running, I can too!

It took me awhile to get into the groove, but the slightly cooler temperatures and the slow start really helped me feel good on the second half of my run. I thought about going all the way to 10 miles instead of 8, but I figured that since I'd already done an extra 3-4 miles on Thursday that I should take it easy.

I don't know what it is about 8 miles. I think it might be my favorite distance. Or, at least, it's my favorite distance on this particular bike path. I didn't have to stop to walk at all. I felt good while I was out there. And check out my times. Remember, the goal was to have negative splits.


While they weren't totally negative, miles 4 through 7 are awfully close! And much better than the past few long runs.

Anyway, I hope this bodes well for the race on Sunday. Less than a week! I'm going to start packing tonight. The place we're staying has wireless internet access so I'll hopefully be able to update before and after the race. Until then, though, I've got two more training runs to do before I hop a plane on Thursday. Eeeee!

Route:--Elev. Avg:620 ft
Location:Brookfield, ILElev. Gain:-4 ft
Date:07/11/09Up/Downhill: [+196/-200]
Time:08:01 AMDifficulty:2.3 / 5.0
Weather:Mostly Cloudy
 73 F temp; 76% humidity
 73 F heat index; winds N 3

Distance: 8.00 miles
Speed:5.8 mph
Pace:10' 25 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
110' 58+0' 335.5-0.3-7 ft
210' 53+0' 285.5-0.2+10 ft
310' 22-0' 035.8+0.0+10 ft
410' 02-0' 236.0+0.2-6 ft
510' 07-0' 185.9+0.2+4 ft
610' 04-0' 216.0+0.2-7 ft
710' 10-0' 155.9+0.1-6 ft
89' 45-0' 406.2+0.4+4 ft
end9' 50-0' 356.1+0.3-3 ft
Versus average of 10' 25 min/mile

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kristen said...

Good decision to hold yourself to the 8. It probably wouldn't have done anything but hurt you for your race.

We had cooler temps the last couple of days too. So nice!

Bayjb said...

Way to go on the run! That's great news. The weather has been perfect for a walk/run lately.

Aaron Cunningham said...

Sounds like a good last long run. 8 was probably the right distance. 10 is my favorite I think, personally.

Good luck at the half!

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