Monday, August 2, 2010

Cheering on the Lunatics

Yesterday morning, the Enthusiast and I decided to be a mobile support crew for the Burning River 100.

I had 18 miles on deck, and we had a busy day ahead. It just made sense to start my run at the Memorial Parkway trail head for the Towpath, which is a mile from our apartment and just happened to be where one of the last aid stations was for the 100-mile race.

We were down there by 7:30 a.m. The runners we saw had been running for 27 and a half hours -- about 95 miles. Sadly, most of them looked better than I would look when I finished my meek three-hour run.

For the first six miles, we saw dozens of runners and cheered on each one as they trudged along. That first hour of my run felt like nothing. Those ultra-runners provided a huge dose of perspective and a powerful boost of motivation, along with a great distraction.

[Drunkard's note: Congrats to JoJa Jogger for finishing in 29 hours, 39 minutes!]

The Enthusiast helped me stay on pace for the final miles as she biked along. My bonked 18-miler in Week 7 is just a faded memory.

Akron Marathon Training Week 9:
  • Tuesday was a five-mile recovery run to exorcise Week 8 and my longest barefoot run to date (9:30 pace).
  • Thursday's race pace run was an eight-miler in the hippy shoes, another milestone (8:56 pace).
  • Friday was an easy four miles in my new shoes (9:50 pace).
  • Saturday was a tough nine-miler on the final leg of the Burning River course (11:03 pace).
  • Sunday's 18-miler was aforementioned (10:37 pace).
My weekly total was 44 miles, a new high. This week contains my first of three 20-milers with a total of 48 miles. Sunday's 18-miler gives me a good start on August's running, after a strong July. Here is last month's statistical rundown:
  • Total Miles: 151 miles (21 runs)
  • Highest Weekly: 44 miles (40, if Sunday doesn't count)
  • Average Weekly: 37 miles
  • Average Pace: 10:04.27 per mile
  • Longest/Fastest Run: 16 miles @ 10:14 pace
  • The Monthly Dif: +32 miles (119 miles in June)
My average speed took another slight dive this month, as I continue to pack on the mileage. We're ignoring this trend and trusting that the speed is there when we need it.


Anonymous said...

May August be the month it all comes together!

JojaJogger said...

Thanks for cheering us on. I don't know if I saw you guys or not, but I was pleasantly surprised at the number of runners and bikers out there that knew what was going on and offered a cheer or two as we went by. Those words of encouragement were greatly appreciated.

Sun Runner said...

One of my hashing buddies from up here ran the BR100 in 20 hours and 15 minutes. He also ran Western States in 23:47 only a few weeks ago. He's nuts...

I spent the weekend exploring the microbreweries of the greater Chicago area. It was way better than running 100 miles.

Jen Feeny said...

Great job out there in July Viper!!! Sounds like things are coming together nicely and you're shaping up to make August awesome! Cheers!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Great Stats, Viper!

Carolina John said...

a strong july is a very cool thing. Well done Viper!

Robin said...

That was so awesome of you to cheer in the final miles. I worked the Boston aid station at 49.1 miles and it put my long runs to shame. Love you dif-very Gilbert-esque!