Monday, April 6, 2009


That was my weekend; 10M on Saturday and 20M on Sunday. Plus, my boss made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and therefore I had to play soccer Friday night—which I wasn’t thrilled about.

Regardless of my compulsory soccer game, I blew off my get up at 5am plan for Saturday because I was out late and I had agreed to participate in a group run. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the “the group is meeting early e-mail” sent Friday night. So, when I showed up everyone had already left. Oh well, such things happen. I just hopped into my car and drove to the gym.

Start time for Saturday was 9:15 am, and I just few out of the gate and never looked back. Despite the fact that this was not a pace run I cranked my 10M, going 6:23, 6:38, 6:51, 6:55, 6:48, 6:57, 6:53, 6:55, 6:57, 6:46 (6:48/M avg). Not bad considering the hills in latter third of the run and the wind.

Sunday I was up at 5am and starting my 20M before 7am. I was crazy sore and tired from staying out and watching MSU beat Connecticut, so I just tried to stay relaxed and take the miles as they came (only looking at Garmin after mile 1 and at the half-marathon point). I also didn’t try to kick the last few miles because I was treating this run as if it were an actual marathon. Splits went: 6:44, 6:59, 7:03, 7:10, 7:12, 7:15 (gu/H2O), 7:07, 7:01, 7:09, 7:06, 7:02, 7:03 (gu/H2O), 6:59, 6:59, 7:15, 7:22 (gu/H2O), 7:23, 7:14, 7:23, 7:04. 7:07/M average. By the time I finished I had run 30M in under a 24 hour span, no wonder my legs were sore and tired.

I really began to dump on time during the last quarter of the run, with three out of the last five miles in the 7:20s range. Yet, I’m quite pleased with the effort and the time considering the difficult/hard running I’d completed this week. Now I can enjoy the step-down week in my training.


Sun Runner said...

I was up at 5:00, too. It was a great day for running. Unlike today. Aren't you glad the snowstorm waited until today? How nice for all us runners!

Amy said...

So... I'm sure you've covered this in a previous post... what's your marathon goal time?

Yeah, 30 miles in 24 hours... that's pretty hardcore.

Running and living said...

30 miles in 24 hours, that is impressive. I can only dream of that with my poor biomechanics. I can barely do 30-40 miles a week for now...Ana-Maria

dirtdawg50k said...

That is freakishly fast. Keep it up.

Nitmos said...

Man, you are going crazy. Exciting to see. Bayshore is quivering with fear. They are reopening registration briefly on May 3rd and I'm going to try to weasel my way into the half.

Irish Cream said...

Wow! What a weekend! Great job--you have certainly earned that step-down week! :)