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(Long and less long) Runs - 12/17 to 12/24

Grog2010-05-02 11:45:09 +0000 #1
It's the week before Christmas ladies!

And by the end of the week the days will start getting longer again!

Well I've had my end-of-year run with my partner today, as she's going home for the holidays on Wednesday. We ran a (self-organized) half-marathon!!! Plus, we had some sun with us, which was a great bonus!!!

We had planned to run in Stanley Park but with all the fallen tree around here we thought it was maybe not the best idea. We wanted to run on the flats because 21.1 km is the longest distance we've ever done (from a max of 17km last weekend) and we wanted to give ourselves a chance. Stanley Park would have been great, but that's life in the PNW!

So we ended up running 2 loops of our 10 k route, plus small detours to get to 21.1. The course is not hilly but it's definitely always ups and downs, mostly long progressive ups and sharp downs. The GREAT part about that course is that it finishes with a 300m downhill, instead of our usual mile-long hill!!!

We started at a 5m20s pace on the first kilometer and I was a bit worried we'd burn out before the end, but we kept up. We walked for one minute every 15 minutes or so, even when we didn't need to. Well, we finished in 1h55m18s, which is just above a 5m20s/minute pace!!! I could not have been happier.

We were rewarded with views of the ocean and of the snow-covered mountains, and a big bowl of vegetarian chili on rice when we got home (thanks to my borrowed-slow cooker).

Now on to training for that sprint triathlon in March! Training for speed, not distance.

Life is good! I'm really thankful to have the ability to run like this. I didn't think I would ever do that...


seychelle2010-05-02 11:54:17 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by Grog

Life is good! I'm really thankful to have the ability to run like this. I didn't think I would ever do that...

Yes it is. Enjoy it.

I, on the other hand, continue to walk. Did 2.6 miles today with some weird heel/ankle tingly, numbness that I haven't had before.

Hopefully one day I'll be able to run again.
EBD2010-05-02 12:19:54 +0000 #3
Law school exams are over, but the exam-time pudge remains . . . doesn't help that I bake biscotti to relieve stress. I was at peak fitness in October, for my first Olympic tri, running up to 8.5 miles on my long runs. I haven't maintained as well as I could have - and I always have a little trouble adjusting my lungs to running in colder weather . . . and you know, it's an old sob story. But ANYWAY now I have no excuse, so today I tried to get back on the horse by running about 6 miles. It went mostly well - slow, and stopped to walk for 30 seconds or so a couple of times, but I made it. (Didn't hurt that it was about 68 degrees and sunny here today). My legs were feeling it by the end! But just fatigue, no IT band or other pain, so I'm happy. Now I just have to keep it up through Christmas with the parents and New Year's vacation with the boyfriend! Yikes.
Grog2010-05-02 12:50:44 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by seychelle

I, on the other hand, continue to walk. Did 2.6 miles today with some weird heel/ankle tingly, numbness that I haven't had before.

Hopefully one day I'll be able to run again.

Running is such a harsh sport for your body. I keep thinking that what I'm doing to myself is senseless. Yet... I wish you can start doing it again sometime! You will.
KSH2010-05-02 12:35:26 +0000 #5
Well on 12-17-06 I rode my bike for 37 miles and then I ran for 2 miles.

The 2 miles were HARD! Very hard. I walked some, but still kept a 10 minute mile.

My running miles are really down this month, which isn't good. I am going to try to run 2 miles at lunch today, 12-19-06.

I need to run 4 miles on 12-20-06, but it's been raining here... and I dread the idea of running that far on a treadmill. UGH. So, I might just spread it out in 2 mile stints over 2 days. Not sure yet.

On 12-24-06, I will do another 37 mile ride and 2 mile run.
KSH2010-05-02 14:01:12 +0000 #6
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Well I've had my end-of-year run with my partner today, as she's going home for the holidays on Wednesday. We ran a (self-organized) half-marathon!!! Plus, we had some sun with us, which was a great bonus!!!

Great job on going the distance! Very impressive!
rocknrollgirl2010-05-02 14:33:38 +0000 #7
My only run so far this week was a modified brick workout. I have a short commute to work, and Monday I rode home and then got off and ran 2 miles in 17:03....not too bad for a mt biker chick! I would have maybe one or two more miles in me at that pace, and then I would have to slow down.

I hate running on the road. The next run this w/e will be on the trails.
tattiefritter2010-05-02 14:30:02 +0000 #8
Have managed two runs this week, one on Saturday morning and one yesterday.

Saturdays was an 11 miler - was supposed to be 10 but I miscalculated my extra loop and added two miles on instead of one

. I thought my legs were going to fall off on the last mile! I was still knackered from that on my 2 hour MTB ride on Sunday - I need to seriously look at my all round fuelling and hydration because I think I've got it very wrong at the minute, I feel so tired.

Yesterdays run was a five miler with 8 x 1min intervals/I min recoveries thrown in, the advantage of having done 11 miles on Saturday is that 5 feels so short

but it did take me a full two miles to relax into it properly. One more five miler this week then I take it easy for a few days over Christmas, will try and fit another 11 miler in before the New Year.

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