Just a quick note to start the April thread before work today. Will add the RW link later.
Link to RW April team thread.
2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race
First official club interval workout of the year.
4 x 200m at 2-3k pace with 200m recoveries, 1 x 1200m at 10-15k pace with 200m recovery, 4 x 200m at 2-3k pace with 200m recoveries.
With what I've been doing this winter it wasn't an especially hard workout.
Final week of the first quarter posted. Greg and Fignewton820 made the top 10 at 3rd and 6th and the team finished in 3rd for the 13 week period. Great job everyone!!!
Did everyone jump ship? I feel weird talking to myself like this.
I got through my 15 mile LR today in better shape than I anticipated. The only problems were that I forgot my Garmin so I'm judging distance by known landmarks and just getting a running time. Even that went down the drain because of the rain. Late in the run I started having problems seeing the screen on my watch. By the time I finished my watch was unresponsive to anything and none of the buttons worked. All I have now is a blank screen. So I've got an estimated 15 mile run in approximately 3:02 and a running watch that isn't running. Next step up will be trying an 18 miler.
You're not alone, George. I just don't have much to say thathan tone else would find interesting.
You"re training for your first Ultra. How long has it been since youve trained for la long race? Since I've been on the forums you've been more of a shorter-distance specialist, but I gather from some of your posts that you have plenty of experience at long distances.
Ive started tapering for my HM in ten days. This week I'm doing about 75% of my typical mileage, next week I'll cut the mileage and the frequency. This is all a learning process for me and I don't expect to do it perfectly the first time.
I'm getting excited for the race. I've decided that I'm not going to push so hard that I am miserable, jbut just enough that it's tougher than my long runs in training. I'm going to enjoy the atmosphere and the automatic PR and use this HM as practice for my second one (TBD but probably this autumn).
5/4/14: Bucks County Ten Miler
I last attempted a marathon in 1995 but DNFed with stomach cramps. My previous one before that was 1981. If we go all the way back to th eearly '70s I once ran a 27 mile training run but that was only to keep a kid I was coaching from running himself into the ground 4 days before his league track championships. Despite running 27 miles that close to the meet, he still won the mile in convincing fashion. Then I ran a 24-hour relay in 1972 but that was running a mile at a time while we cycled through all the team members before running another. I ran a total of 32 miles during that race. It was one of the best races I've ever run. My slowest mile was 6:01 and I averaged 5:41.9. 41 years later I can barely run sub-8:00 for one mile. All included I have finished 14 marathons with a personal best of 2:54:56 at Boston in 1971. My last 10M race was over 5 years ago and my last HM was over 10 years ago.
My first 18 mile run in over 18 years is in the log. It took me 3:43:18 but I finished and was running strong almost until the very end. The last half mile or so was a struggle to keep moving forward at any pace, but the 5-6 miles before that were under my average.
George, the wind looked nasty today. That probably made it seem tougher.
I often think that simple rules of logic get suspended on windy days. For example, how is it possible that I battle a headwind for both directions of an out-and-back run??
I ran the River Trail at VF. It's pretty sheltered so the wind wasn't a factor. Also I slept in so I didn't get out to run until 11:00 AM.
Gotta give a big congrats to Greg. He had the top spot for the week among individual runners!
yay Greg. I miss hearing from him. Is he active on the other site? I may have to pop over there to catch up with the rest of the team, since this thread is so quiet.
The RW isn't much more active than tis one though Dian, John, and Jeff have all posted there recently. Jeff was in China not too far when where that 6.6 quake hit . He's fine but he felt it strongly though there was little damge or injuries where he was. Not so closer to the quake in the small villages.
These long runs are tough for me. I could hardly wait for this one to be over. What surprised me was running 19 miles almost 15 seconds per mile faster than Monday's 18 mile run. I don't think I'll be able move any farther than couch to kitchen and back until I have to get ready for work this evening. Do you think jumping from 32.7 miles to 53.1 miles for the week is too big a violation of the 10% rule? That's what happens when you aren't following a regular 7 day schedule. My last 3 long runs have been on a Thursday, then Monday, and Saturday, coupled with squeezing in a build up in s short timeframe.