Jul 18, 2011

Long Training Run Number Five: 10.07 Miles

Weather Report: Sunny and 60 degrees

Spirit of the Marathon

Before I even tell you how my run went today, I want to mention that I watched "Spirit of the Marathon" for the first time on Saturday night. I thought it was a pretty cool movie/documentary because you can really relate to it no matter how serious of a runner you are.  It's an interesting story of several runners at different levels of running and how they prepare for and run the Chicago Marathon.  I really liked it because I now realize that I am not the only crazy person in the running world!  These runners say and do the same kinds of things that I do!  If you haven't seen it yet, you should watch it on hulu.  I think you will enjoy it! Let me know what you think of it.

My Run

Today was a 10 mile day but I decided that I really needed to slow things down a bit because my left shin started acting up again!  My goal pace today was 9:00-9:05, which is my goal marathon pace. I really wanted to test myself to see how comfortable I felt with this pace since this is where I would like to be for the Long Beach Marathon in October.  I woke up at 5:30am and the weather was looking good.  The sun had not come out yet but I knew that it would be out soon enough.  I got myself together, fed my dogs, stretched a little bit and headed out the door at 6:15am.  The sun was already starting to rise but the 60 degree temperature balanced it out!

After losing another toenail last week, I decided that it was time to retire my Nike's since they had 386 miles on them.  This past Saturday, I went to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and purchased a pair of ASICS Gel Kayano 17's.  They were on sale for $103.00 and they normally go for $140.00. Great deal, right? Nordstrom has a great return policy so I figured that I could exchange them if they don't work out for me.  I bought them in a wide width to allow my toes that extra needed space!  I get so bummed out when I lose a toenail because it never seems to grow back right and it's just an ugly sight while it's growing back! I decided to try these out on my run today so I am hoping that I have found a new shoe that works for me.

Back to the run....I ran another one of my local routes today and I tried to change things around so that I don't get too bored.  I started out slow and my splits seemed to improve as I got further into my run.

Mile 1: 9:11
Mile 2: 8:50
Mile 3: 8:48
5K: 27:40

The roads were pretty empty again today and I didn't see a single runner or cyclist today.  I am not sure if I was out there too early or too late!  I usually see at least one, but not today!  I made a small detour today and took the freeway overpass to add some incline to my run.  I love looking down on the freeway when I run over it.  It's just kind of fun to me! I think I can technically consider this part of my route to be somewhat of a "hill" because I go up and then I come down.

Mile 4: 8:40
Mile 5: 8:40
Mile 6: 8:46
One Hour Mark: 6.80 Miles

On my way up.....

On my way back....
Mile 7: 8:45
Mile 8: 8:44
Mile 9: 8:32
Mile 10: 7:52 (My best mile.. I always try to finish it strong!)

My goal pace seemed pretty easy today but that's just ten miles and it's the other 16.2 miles that I have to keep working towards!  Next week is a 15 miler and I haven't ran that distance in quite some time, so I am a little nervous about it! 

Garmin Stats

Weekly Running Report

I was scheduled to get 24 miles in this week, but only managed to get 21 done.  My left shin was hurting a little on Friday and I made the decision to skip that run in fear of it getting worse.  I am getting closer to a 100 mile month with 65 miles done so far!  I can't wait for another 100 mile month ..it's  been a while!

1 comment:

  1. those are great splits! i need to get better at finishing strong instead of starting off fast and slowing down... i need my splits to look like yours!