Cue the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar!
But… this past weekend over Saturday and Sunday I did run 55… miles
It started Saturday morning…
The training schedule called for the following:
Run #1 10 miles
5 @ 10 mpm and 5 @ 9:30mpm
Stairmill 7 miles
Run #2 9 miles @ 9:30 mpm
Now let me tell ya… I am good at the maths
And I did a few quick calculations…
Assuming that the stairmill was at a 10mpm exertion level… I was basically setting out to do a 4:15 marathon… for training… NBD
To say that I have been running slow would be a bit of an understatement. At this point 9:30s = speedwork = flying
I went so far as to go back into my training plan and count the number of 9:30 miles (there have been no sub 9:30s planned in 2013)
Here's the tale (all other runs were slowerer pace):
2 x 6 mi on March 2nd (a Saturday as part of a 19 mile run)
5 on 2/27 ( a Wednesday)
12 scheduled on 2/9 (a Saturday)
So… I had butterflies…
Here's a selfie I took before I donned my pack and took off
Now I have known about Jeff Galloway… and heard folks swear by the method… even ran a successful first 50 miler once
a couple of weeks ago I was "coaching" a couple of my friends who are looking to do some longer stuff this year.. basically encouraging them to employ this method on their long runs… later that day I began to wonder why I had never really tried my own advice. Last Sunday I tried the walk run… and I liked it… more importantly my legs liked it. So… I'd been doing it all week… and now on Saturday I decided to try and do it for speed
I'll leave out the deets on run 1 and how I missed hooking up with Judi (c'mon not like that… we are both married) and how all heck broke loose at work and I had to talk to my boss on the phone for 5 minutes in the middle of my run… let's just suffice it to say that I hit run 1 on pace. J
Here's a quick shot I IM'ed to illustrate to my lovely wife my location….
On to the stairmill…
Not much to report here… another work related call…. Oh, almost forgot… never eat these:
I must have masticated for a half hour on the stairmill…
Well.. the energy blast experiment and the stairmill time came to an end and the real test began…
To run the 9 miles home all at a 9:30 pace… I did the walk run thing and one mile at a time I knocked that run out… in the heat of the day no less…
On Sunday two 3 hour runs were on the agenda… the first was slow, abbreviated (2:45), included some time with our dog Jimmy, and ugly (the run was ugly not Jimmy)… but… I actually felt better when I got home than I did when I left.
The second run included 6 @ 9:30 pace during the middle hour… although I didn't really think this out too well my "speedwork" ran through the Jax Beach St Paddy's Day party… more drunks on bikes and skateboards than you could shake a stick at…. Although I didn't nail the 9:30s I was able to run a decent pace
So… added all together that's 55 baby!
The weekend would not be complete until the day of suffering or "Monday" is over… for me that means two 6 mile runs… (oh, and the aforementioned employment situation)
The first of which was only 5.8 miles because I got dropped by the running group at work and cut the course in order to finish when they did…
For the last run of the weekend… I ran home from my daughter's place of employment.. I did so mainly because I was too tired and lazy to drive and pick her up from work at 8PM…
It looked like this:
I felt a little better… and actually enjoyed it… although I didn't enjoy dodging 5 PM traffic on a busy thoroughfare.
Well that's it… I need a nap