Sunday, August 30, 2009

LBTT 20 Miler

This was a really good run for me today. After getting called by work Monday night to be in Mountain View the following morning, the week kind of got thrown off. So, I missed two runs, and also shifted this run out a day. It was important to me that I succeed in my first 20-miler before Chicago. Which, incidentally, is exactly six weeks from today.

The goal was to work down to marathon pace (8:24) and not go below 8:20. At first, I was disappointed that the run was slower overall than I'd expected (8:31 pace avg.), but then I see that I did a nice job of going out comfortably slowly, and then my pace did work down to where I wanted it to be.

The fact I was getting much faster at the end is a signal I was getting tired. I stopped looking at my watch, and allowed myself to be pulled along a bit. But, I had it in me, and could have gone longer had the need been there.

It did turn out that four of my miles were below the 8:20, but, I was just plugging along and really couldn't help it. All in all, it was my best 20-miler. I only consumed one and a half hammergels and one bottle of Gatorade during the entire run. This was perfect, except I had a voracious appetite when I got home, and made a huge batch of biscuits and gravy. Yum!

Route:--Elev. Avg:0 ft
Location:Blue Springs, MOElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:08/30/09Up/Downhill: [+0/-0]
Time:07:33 AMDifficulty:0 / 5.0
61 F temp; 62% humidity
61 F heat index; winds NE 7

Distance: 20.00 miles

Speed:7.0 mph

Pace:8' 31 /mi


Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 04+0' 336.6-0.4-- ft
29' 00+0' 296.7-0.4-- ft
38' 44+0' 136.9-0.2-- ft
48' 40+0' 096.9-0.1-- ft
58' 35+0' 047.0-0.1-- ft
68' 26-0' 057.1+0.1-- ft
78' 31+0' 007.0-0.0-- ft
88' 26-0' 057.1+0.1-- ft
98' 35+0' 047.0-0.1-- ft
108' 27-0' 047.1+0.0-- ft
118' 31+0' 007.0-0.0-- ft
128' 23-0' 087.2+0.1-- ft
138' 26-0' 057.1+0.1-- ft
148' 18-0' 137.2+0.2-- ft
158' 22-0' 097.2+0.1-- ft
168' 27-0' 047.1+0.0-- ft
178' 18-0' 137.2+0.2-- ft
188' 29-0' 027.1+0.0-- ft
198' 11-0' 207.3+0.3-- ft
207' 58-0' 337.5+0.5-- ft
end11' 40+3' 095.1-1.9-- ft
Versus average of 8' 31 min/mile

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Vroooom, Vrooom!!

The first comment I got this morning when I came downstairs was, "You look like a German Race Car." I laughed and said, "Well, not just ANYONE can buy the Brooks Hanson singlet!" The reply? A predictable, "No, you have to go to Germany to buy that." I nearly had coffee come out my nose!

What a great run with Rick Troeh, Travis Bailey and Dave Dawson. The goal was a 3 mile warm-up, nice and easy, 7 miles at 8:20 pace and then 3 mile cool down. Which translated into: 3 easy, 7 below 8:20 pace and 3 miles at whatever I was feeling.

Dave caught up to me at about 11.3 miles, and really pushed me (read: raced me) for the final mile. For the record, he beat me! But, hey, I ran the last three miles at sub-8:00 pace feeling fantastic, and was laughing my butt off for that last mile taunting Dave while running on his heels the whole way. I though I had him with 0.3 miles to go. Maybe if I'd shut up and concentrated on running instead of joking around and laughing I could have beat him!

What a fun run, I haven't laughed that hard in a while. This entire run was pure joy, and I am feeling great! Thanks guys!!

Route:--Elev. Avg:0 ft
Location:Blue Springs, MOElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:08/22/09Up/Downhill: [+0/-0]
Time:07:16 AMDifficulty:0 / 5.0
63 F temp; 80% humidity
63 F heat index; winds N 8

Distance: 13.00 miles

Speed:7.3 mph

Pace:8' 15 /mi


Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 26+1' 116.4-0.9-- ft
28' 56+0' 416.7-0.6-- ft
38' 52+0' 376.8-0.5-- ft
48' 13-0' 027.3+0.0-- ft
58' 03-0' 127.4+0.2-- ft
68' 12-0' 037.3+0.0-- ft
78' 07-0' 087.4+0.1-- ft
88' 13-0' 027.3+0.0-- ft
98' 05-0' 107.4+0.1-- ft
108' 05-0' 107.4+0.1-- ft
117' 54-0' 217.6+0.3-- ft
127' 54-0' 217.6+0.3-- ft
137' 10-1' 058.4+1.1-- ft
Versus average of 8' 15 min/mile

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

No Compromises

"..because that's it right there: the thing itself is the absence of compromise. There are no... deals available. I wish there was [sic] some way to explain that. The thing... doesn't dilute."
--Quenton to his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend, Andrea, in John L Parker's novel,
Once a Runner.

Now, I am no world-famous miler, nor even a remarkable running talent. Nor do I truly stand out amongst greats in other facets of my life.

But if you know me, you know that I am driven. Driven beyond what is rational at times, and I cannot give less. It has been suggested to me (not just in running) that I tone things down, or take something less seriously. It is just not in my nature. When I commit; I am fully committed to the extent of my limitations and beyond. It's an all-or-nothing sort of deal. It... "doesn't dilute."