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Monday, March 19, 2012

Get Lucky Half Marathon

Hope everyone had a great weekend...what beautiful weather, though do I dare say it was a little 'hot' on Saturday for the race?  It probably wasn't that hot, though having skied only 10 days prior, 75 felt warm!
As you probably know, I LOVE pacing...and I really enjoy pacing the half marathon distance...as was the case on Saturday for the Get Lucky Half Marathon.  Today's goal, 1:29:59.
Gonna run with John, Dave and Barry...with Jeff, Tony, Chad, Shelly and Mark also running Saturday.
The plan was an easy opening mile, followed by 2+ miles of downhill cruising...6+ miles settled in at 6:50 pace followed by a 2+ mile climb home.
John?  Where in hell are you?  Looks like we're down to 3 at the start... Damn Garmin...why won't you connect?
The first few miles went off without a hitch, though we lost Barry early on due to a tight hammy.  6:36, 6:41, 6:39...blah, blah, blah...  Turn-around came pretty quick for Dave and I in 44:11...right on plan. We were hoping for a :45 second cushion before our climb home.
...funny thing happened on the return trip, we never slowed down!  We had a bit of a headwind, so Dave tucked in behind me and I bucked the wind and honestly, never really felt the uphill...I guess I had my head down and was in a 'zone'?  At about mile 11+, I needed to tinkle (pee), so I stopped and headed behind a tree off the road...when I got back to it, Dave was :25+ seconds ahead...how did that happen?  Took me a solid half mile to catch him, and when I did, we worked together all the way through the finish.  The clock read 1:28:25 with splits of 44:11/44:14...that's how you run a half :)
HUGE race for Dave who looked great from start to finish, and to Jeff who ran sub 1:35 and a HUGE 5+ minute PR.  You boyz ROCK!
As for me, the run went well...I was able to get in a tad over 18 miles for the morning, which included a warm-up, strides and a solid 3+ mile cool-down.  6:45 pace felt pretty good...Trail Mix 50K can't come soon enough!
Ended my day with a great core workout...Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Updates...

Just a quick update on the training...  Still going well, still pluggin' along...the feet have been a little sore lately, though that's only because I have been in run focus for the past 2 weeks.  Should hit 50+ this week, which is a lot for me.
Over the past 10 days since my last post, I've had a couple of near-EPIC rides, including last Saturday at Life Time SLP, and some quality, though mainly 'miles' via running.  I am pacing a 1:29:59 group (6:52 pace) at the Get Lucky Half Marathon this Saturday, and just to be sure I could do this without a hitch, I did a modified up-tempo run on Tuesday of this week, mainly for confidence.  8 mile run on an out and back course...felt good right out of the gate.  Miles 1-4, 7:05, 6:56, 6:58, 6:54 (27:53)...at the turn-around I upped the ante just a hair...6:51, 6:44, 6:42 and finished at 6:39 (26:56/54:49).  The run felt pretty easy and I did a nice cool-down walk/jog when I was done to total 10 miles for the day.  It seemed to go pretty easy, could have 20 at that pace...and what a beautiful day...wow!
So, things are still going well...excited to get out on the roads later this month (fingers crossed)...thanks for checking in!

D

Stay tuned...

...am I ever going to update this damn blog?  If I get a chance, tomorrow and Saturday both.
Stay tuned...and as always, train hard...eat cake!

D

Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekend...

Did I mention how tired I am?  The treadmill race ran me ragged...The weekend of training went off as planned...I had a 9 miler scheduled for Saturday with an OFF day on Sunday!
Saturday's run was done late...8:00ish, and it was cold (20 degrees) with too much wind. 
Jen joined me on the bike while I ran the out and back course.  It was snow covered, slippery and I had to cross uncharted trails more than twice which slowed me down.
I hit 4.5 miles right around 40 minutes...really?  Was I running that slow?  Into the wind and 6 stops for snow...OK, that makes sense, but I need to pick up the pace. 
I could tell I had picked up the pace on the Regional Trail, 7:20 pace or so...hit mile 8 in good shape and needed a strong finish...worked mile 9 to 7:04, a solid mile considering the elements and trails...pretty excited on how it went.
Core...a LOT of core in the evening...feeling like a rock!

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/72786146/?new_route=1

Happy Monday!