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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Not So GR8


Ever have one of those runs where the entire time you're thinking to yourself "I really shouldn't be running?"

I totally had one of those last night.

My marathon training plan called for 8 miles at a 9:30 pace for Monday. I decided that after running a new PR in a half marathon the day before I'd take Monday off and run on Tuesday. When I got home from work on Tuesday I tried to pump myself up by putting on my running clothes and flexing in the mirror.

But my Garmin was having issues finding a satellite. My knees felt achy. The side of my big toe on my right foot hurt. My chest felt like an elephant was sitting on it. I forgot to put on chapstick and my lips felt like gummy sandpaper. My legs felt like they were made of lead.

I could not wait to be done with this run.

Also, I think I hit traffic at almost every intersection. I'm not sure I ran one uninterrupted mile the entire time. Not only did that screw with my times, it also made it difficult to find a pace and settle in. Just when I thought I might be breaking through the blahness of the run I'd have to stop for cars.

Plus, I decided not to run with music since I'd be running alone and it would be getting dark before I got home. Listening to myself struggle to breathe and having not much to distract me from the random aches and pains didn't help matters either.

And here's a question. Have you ever run your regular running route backwards? Normally on this route I only go east on Thomas St. Last night I double-backed that way so that I went west. A street looks entirely different when you're running the opposite direction! I kept having to slow down to glance at street signs to make sure I wasn't totally lost.

Still, I did the entire 8 miles even though it wasn't as fast as I would have liked. I just kept telling myself that this was the last weeknight 8 miler I had to run and I wasn't going to cut it short.

Although, honestly, it was one of those runs where the entire time I was thinking "Two days ago I ran how far how fast??? Why does this feel so horrible right now?" A smidge of over training perhaps? I think I'd better get some more sleep before Saturday.


Route:--Elev. Avg:625 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+3 ft
Date:09/14/10Up/Downhill: [+42/-39]
Time:06:06 PMDifficulty:2.3 / 5.0

Distance: 8.20 miles
Speed:5.9 mph
Pace:10' 09 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 55-0' 146.0+0.1+6 ft
210' 16+0' 075.8-0.1+6 ft
39' 38-0' 316.2+0.3-6 ft
49' 45-0' 246.2+0.2-3 ft
510' 13+0' 045.9-0.0+6 ft
69' 45-0' 246.2+0.2+3 ft
711' 05+0' 565.4-0.5-6 ft
810' 14+0' 055.9-0.1-6 ft
end9' 43-0' 266.2+0.3+3 ft
Versus average of 10' 09 min/mile

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