Monday, May 10, 2010

Return to Double Digits

My 10-miler ... 00ps! ... make that 12-miler last night marked my first double-digit run since hell I don't even know. It also put me back into the 20-mile range for the week, which is only about 6.5 miles shy of what I need to average per week to average 20 weekly miles for the year. I also crossed 3,000 recorded lifetime miles. (I didn't log my miles my first year of running in 2006.)

The weekend got off to a debilitating start with a powerful four-pack during a Cavs win on Friday, which left me reeling the next morning, canceling my planned five-miler. Sunday quickly slipped away with Mother's Day festivities, but I was determined to complete my long run.

I planned a 10-miler, but I didn't plan my route very well. I eyeballed the Akron Marathon route and decided I'd run down my new favorite hill to the Towpath and follow the race course back home. "Yeah, that looks to be about 10 miles," I thought, as I threw on some appropriate clothing for the chilly night. I expected to be gone for an hour and 40 minutes.

By the time I got into Sand Run, I knew I had misjudged the distance. I had already been running for 50 minutes, and I knew I had at least six miles to go. Turned out to be more like seven. However, I felt surprisingly fresh and spry.

My quads felt a bit wrecked after I tried to wreck them by starting my run on the massive downhill, but I managed to keep my turnover fast by focusing on my form (bent knees, short strides). A couple of the later miles I timed were in the 9-9:30 range, and my overall average pace was 9:55 per mile.

Although the route turned out to be a hair over 12 miles, it was a great run and a solid marathon simulator. The Memorial Parkway hill is longer and about as steep as the Howard Street hill, and the route back home contains some of the toughest parts of the race, climbing out of the valley.

7 comments:

Xenia said...

"which is only 85.5 miles shy of what I need to average per week to average 20 weekly miles for the year."

You either really suck at math or that's a typo. By the way, how many years did it take you to pass remedial math in school? Just curious.

Viper said...

Monday brain fart.

I only had to take college algebra twice. And that was the only math I needed to be a journalism/English major.

Sun Runner said...

powerful four-pack

You can't dangle that out there and then NOT tell me what it was. Is this not the Booze Hounds blog? :)

misszippy said...

Hate when that happens! But when it's over, it's all good. Who doesn't love bonus miles in their log?

Jess said...

Nice job getting back to the double digits!! And congrats on 3,000 lifetime miles!

Jess said...

I only had to take Algebra once in college to be a journalism turned English major!

Nice job on the dozen miles!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I couldn't get into college not having taken algebra. But then again, I'm an engineer and I start sentences with words like "but" and "and."

I agree with Sun Runner. What was the 4-pack?

Nice job on the run.