Thursday, July 1, 2010

From 30 to 40

A six-miler at marathon pace (8:49) yesterday afternoon capped off June's training. Here is last month's statistical rundown:
  • Total Miles: 119 miles (21 runs, 1 engagement)
  • Highest Weekly: 32 miles
  • Average Weekly: 27 miles
  • Average Pace: 10:00.43 per mile
  • Longest/Fastest Run: 12 miles @ 10:05 pace
  • The Monthly Dif: +51 miles (68 miles in May)
My average speed took a slight dive this month, but I feel like I'm getting faster. Last night's run felt easy, and that's how marathon pace should feel--that is, unless you're actually running a marathon.

July's mileage will creep up to 40 per week, approaching last year's peak (43 miles in September 2009). I will continue to improve my speed by focusing on middle distance tempo runs, many marathon race pace miles, and hills, hills, and more hills.

I'd like to find a race. Something in the neighborhood of a 10-K. I'm still miffed that the Davey Tree 10-K was canceled. The race organizers decided to drop the 10-K event, which my first ever race, and change the 5-K to an admittedly more interesting point-to-point course.

However, the race now starts 6 p.m. and "finishes during the evenving [sic] events and firewaorks [sic again] at the Kent Heritage Festival." Tell me, who the fuck wants to wait around all day for a piddly three miles on a holiday weekend? Not only will it be hot as balls, but there are barbecues and beverages to be had.

If I had the money to throw away, maybe I'd run it drunk just for shits and giggles.


Jamoosh said...

I would say that my beer investment would not survive a 5K that late in the day.

Jess said...

Maybe the RDs were drunk when they worte that race description!

Jess said...

Oops, I'm one to talk, huh? Clearly, I meant "wrote."

barefootjosh said...

I don't know about giggles...

A buddy once told me about a 10 mile "race" back when he was in college that was one a one-mile loop. Each lap you had to drink a can of beer (don't remember which one, but I'm sure you wouldn't approve; PBR, probably). If you vomit, you lose. He was only able to finish once, and that was because he got uber high beforehand. The whole anti-nausea thing seemed to do the trick.

He lost to the guy who sold him the pot, which I think is only fitting.

misszippy said...

I think Josh has the right idea...I have a friend who is sponsoring a 5k fundraiser in the evening. It is a progressive run...stopping every 1/2 mile or so at someone's house for a beer. That's the way to do an evening 5k.

drdave said...

Alcohol is a performance enhancing don't want to get banned do ya?

Jess said...

Nice job increasing the mileage this month! Hope you enjoy many beverages this long weekend!