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Saturday, September 20, 2008
So today was my long run. It was a morning run but this time I had company which helped immensely. We wanted to run a lap of lake Overholser and a lap of lake Hefner but the Redman Triathlon (uh hmm... where are all you triathletes??? You should be in Oklahoma today!!!) was today so Hefner was closed. We decided to do 2 laps of Overholser instead. Sound familiar? That's right, That's exactly what I did LAST weekend!! Uhhgg!
I ran with a couple of the fast group people. They took off flying as usual and I was left struggling to keep up. We ran the first few miles at 7:30 pace and then they decided that was too fast. I had decided a few miles back (actually in the parking lot) that that was too fast. It was nice of them to slow down....for a few moments.... then they were right back at it. I struggled through the first lap pretty well. I knew I needed to get faster on my long runs and this was the perfect way to do it.
We stopped to get water at the parking lot and I devoured an E-Gel. Then we were off again at break-neck speed to see the same sights and sounds I have now seen for 2 weeks. I'd like to say the conversation help take my mind off of the pain but I was not involved in the conversation much. My only input was a "yea", or a "no", or a "ha ha that's funny", or a "yes it's normal for one of my lungs to fly out of my mouth like that". You know, general banter.
I made it around to about 16 miles before my brain woke up and said enough. I had to walk. I checked Garmin and she told me I was 1 minute off my PR for 13.1 miles during this run. Holy crap! I almost PR'ed on a training run. Yea, that was a fast pace for me. It was like RACE pace! I walked/jogged back to the parking lot hoping to get 3 more so I could get my scheduled 20 in.
As soon as I stopped for water I knew it was over. I didn't have anything left. Starbucks was calling and my legs were answering the call. It's funny how different parts of your body let you know that your run is over for the day. Normally my legs are the most vulgar. Today it was my head. I just couldn't get my brain to engage and start running again. Every time I tried (OK it was only once) my thoughts drifted and I just couldn't keep going.Performance
|This is a few days late but I absolutely wanted to get this one out. I actually ran in the morning! It was dark and quiet and yet I ran great even without an Ipod. This was supposed to be a 6 mile temo (1 easy, 4 hard, 1 easy) but I decided I would just do a lap of the lake and throw in some surges to get the temo. I'd just take the extra 3 miles for a cooldown.|
I ended up running most of the loop at a pretty good clip. The used the dam road for the tempo portion since I HATE the damn dam road and wanted to get it over with quickly.
This was a great run but I paid for it all day. I was one tired Willie for the rest of the day. As for all you morning runners who say it invigorates you and gets you started and alert for your day... I say that's CRAP! I was beat! I struggled through the rest of my day. I poured coffee into ever orifice I could (not really) and it didn't help. I know I have to start doing this morning run thing but my body is determined to fight me all the way.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
|What better thing to do after setting a PR than to run 16 miles. I knew I was going to try this so last night I stretched and iced. I also tried to eat protein and carbs in abundance all day.|
It worked out well because I ran very well today. We were running around lake Overholser which is where the Andy Payne (PAIN) marathon was held. Those are not good memories but this run replaced them with some good ones.
2 laps around the lake is 16 miles and we did them at a pretty good clip. I was planning on an easy pace of 8:20 but that got overruled by the group I was running with and we ended up running right at 8:00 pace. I felt great and it seemed easy. I badly needed this. My last 3 long runs haven't been up to par and it was straining my happiness.
All is well now, Willie has is normally cheerful demeanor back and a totally sore body. Excellent! Just the way I should feel on a Sunday afternoon.
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Saturday, September 13, 2008
|Today was my return to racing. I decided to do this race because, well, I just wanted to, OK? Geesh, can't a guy run a race just because he wants to? I know I haven't been to a race in months but so what? Sometimes you really bother me...|
Anyhoo, it was really humid this morning. Remember how I LOVE humidity? Oh yea, right up there with liver and broccoli! There was a storm hovering just north of the race course but it didn't bother to hit until after the race. Thanks for that.
Being that it was humid and I don't run well in the humidity I took it easy right? WRONG, first mile in 6:36. Oh you silly people, don't you know Willie by now! But it felt so good and easy. I was relaxed and my strides were painless. OK so I was running up with the front pack and should have known (actually I did know, Garmin was giving me a desperate look of shock and awe) that this was way to fast.
As you can see from the split table, I ran the first 3 miles really well! To bad the race was a 10K. As you can also see from the table WILLIE DIED A HORRIBLE AND PAINFUL DEATH in the last 3 miles. Who the heck do I think I am going out that fast? I know better damn it.
Oh and did I mention that they (wonderful race planners) put a hill at mile 4. Oh, oh, oh and did I mention that the hill was on an out-and-back part of the course so we got to run it at mile 4 and mile 5! Yea for us.
I did get in a race to the finish though. I had followed this guy for the last few miles and was determined to beat him. Well he was determined to not be beat so we came to a dead sprint with 100 yards to go. It's funny how many thought can go through your head so quickly. Here is how my thoughts went over the span of about 5 seconds.
"I can get him, go go go"
"Oh crap he has another gear too"
"Ok I can't get him let him go"
"Hey he looks like he's slowing go get him"
"Wow we got next to him! go go go"
"Oh shit, he's going again"
"Where'd he get that speed, Ok he's got me"
"Oh where'd that come from, WOW another gear go Willie!"
"Here comes the finish, push harder and you got him"
"Damn this guy is fast, he's got me"
"Oh WOW we're side-by-side"
"Hey that's a narrow finish"
"It's hot today"
"I suppose leaning for the finish won't work since it's the chip that scores us. Maybe I can throw my leg out somehow!"
"Last 5 feet, don't let up"
"AGGGGG He beat me!"
Yea, he beat me. Our times were identical but he was scored ahead of me. Oh well, it was fun to race like that again. I jogged a bit after the race and let Garmin run so there are some extra splits on the table.
16 mile long run tomorrow with the group. I hope it goes well.
Now it's time to watch the BUCKEYES!!! Go Bucks! Beat those Trojans!!
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LATE UPDATE (because Willie is stupid!)
I should really check my stats more. I SET A PR! I ran a 44:59 today which I thought was just Ok but was actually a new PR for me! Took me all day to actually recognize it. Gotta go update the list....