82.75 :)

According to Garmin, in the past 7 days I have:

  • Run 35.28 miles for a total of
  • 6 hours, 33 minutes & 53 seconds with an average pace of
  • 11:09 and burned approximately
  • 4,021 calories

I feel pretty good about that.

Earlier this week I did a 5 mile run, broken up into 2 parts – a 5K and then a 2 mile cool down. I ran the 5K in 30:30 exactly and wasn’t running hard the 1st mile – so I am feeling pretty good about getting my sub-30 PR next Sunday!

I also did an 8 mile run, which wasn’t speedy or anything (11:30 miles) but was nice.

Today, however, I met the Ambitious One & JM (as well as the faster Mr. Pi who doesn’t actually run with us) for the week’s long run. Tonight is our wine party, and none of us wanted to take a chance on actually WANTING to run tomorrow! We met at Sauvie Island at 10. JM & I were planning on just the 12 mile loop, the Ambitious One had 15 on her schedule, and Mr. Pi had 20.  The first couple of miles were HARD for me – everything was ridiculously tight – my achilles, my hip flexor – it was painful. I stopped & stretched at mile 2 and that made a huge difference. I think I just need to remember that I need a longer warm-up/stretch before running than I used to. It was cool & rainy, but not terrible. I was soaked when I got home, but wasn’t too cold until I stopped running.

We all took different approaches to pausing our timers – I paused the least – only when we actually were not moving at all, and had 12.18 miles in 2:17:43 (11:18 pace). I have to remind myself that I really don’t do the long runs for pace so much as for distance, and that it’s really okay to have a slower time.  But, because you can definitely tell which miles had walk breaks, I’m just going to share my splits:

  • Mile 1 – 10:18
  • Mile 2 – 10:40
  • Mile 3 – 11:32 (first stretch/break)
  • Mile 4 – 10:47
  • Mile 5 – 11:46 (break for water/Gu)
  • Mile 6 – 11:19
  • Mile 7 – 12:56 (which is odd, because this mile also had my top speed…..)
  • Mile 8 – 10:49
  • Mile 9 – 12:55
  • Mile 10 – 10:46
  • Mile 11 – 11:54
  • Mile 12 – 10:10
  • Mile 12.18 – 9:27

I feel pretty good that I had enough energy to kick it up a notch when I knew there was just over a mile left back to the parking lot.

It was a really nice loop – we saw some lambs and calves, and lots of other farm animals and birds. We’ll definitely have to check it out again in a month to see how it changes as the trees start to leaf out & the crops start to grow.

It was a weird week, for me. I got a lot of miles in, but didn’t manage to work in any cross training, really.  I am now only 7.25 miles away from my March 90 mile goal – and I think I can manage to fit those in before Wednesday!

I feel pretty awesome right now – I’m warm & showered & my belly is full. I finished my long run, and it’s only Saturday – which means tomorrow is a whole day with no major workouts planned! I think I’ll take it easy tomorrow & just go to Bikram in the afternoon.

Happy weekend.

Recent Comments

  • michelle
    March 28, 2009 - 5:47 pm ·

    Excellent long run! You have some nice fast miles in there! 10.18 mile 1 and 10.10 mile 12. Your doing great GR! You will no doubt break 30 min in the 5K next week!

  • Carolina John
    March 29, 2009 - 6:18 am ·

    sweet! those splits look great. a 10:18 first mile and a 10:10 last mile is unbelievably consistent. more consistent that i’m going to be on my long run today, i’m sure. good job!

  • Kristen
    March 29, 2009 - 10:52 am ·

    What a great way to think of long runs – distance, not speed. I need to adopt that mindset.

    Great job on the numbers for the month!

    Hope the wine party was fun.

  • Alisa
    March 29, 2009 - 1:40 pm ·

    Wow, you ran a lot of miles this week! Way to go. I think I need to slow down in the beginning too so I don’t die at the end. I’d like to try progression runs where each section is a little faster.

    You are soooooo going to PR next weekend. Wish I was going to be there at the finish line! Mr. Pi should be!

    • gazelle
      March 30, 2009 - 10:54 am ·

      it just looks like a lot because I had long runs on Sunday & then Saturday – totally skewed my totals.

      You’re going to PR, too! I can just feel it 🙂 I’ll be there at your finish line!

  • Justin
    March 29, 2009 - 3:55 pm ·

    Congratulations on your high mileage week! Thank you for suggesting Sauvie island as a jogging destination. I really want to head back there soon (hopefully on a sunny day!) to see some more of it.

    It was great to hang out with you last night too and to meet the Architect finally. He was a lot of fun to talk to and hopefully he didn’t get too much “dark noise” talk.

    • gazelle
      March 30, 2009 - 10:51 am ·

      He was totally fascinated by the dark noise (also by your food, he was still talking about them yesterday). I wish I could’ve listened in a bit more, but I think it may have been over my head.

      I’m glad you liked the island – Sarah & I were saying that it may have to be a monthly destination, just to see all the changes (and it’d be nice in the sun, too).