Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Long Run Back

I've been getting complaints that there are too many pictures of someone who shall not be named and so decided to come up with this one of me instead. It was shot at Sandhammaren in beautiful southern Sweden. I remember it was hard to drive more than a few kilometers at a time before we'd have to stop and take in the sights and of course a few pictures.

Which reminds me, I felt a lot like stopping often on today's long run as I prepare to run the PEI marathon but was able to fend off the urge and keep plugging away and it went really well. (33k or 20.5 miles in 3:02 which is 5:30/k or 8:50/mi)

My Running Log entry went like this:

"Last long run before PEI to test out my pacing speed of 5:30/k worked out very well. Some hills and wind slowed me up for a few k but mostly just rolled easily along. 3 bottles gatorade & 1 gel at 16k. Ran into a runner from BC doing a 2 hour run for Kelona but he stopped at hotel after about 1k. Cool and windy, jacket for 1st 1/2 hr, then carried & ditched it at home before heading out of town to finish run. Had some highs and lows during the run but mostly able to stay 'within myself' and not push too hard except for last few k. Good/great run with quick dip in the pond at 13C to cool the legs and prune some plants. Looking great for PEI!"

I'm feeling good about running PEI and am looking forward to helping to pace Trevor through his 1st marathon. Today's run was right on the mark that he's aiming for which is about a 3:50 marathon although his fitness and recent race results point to something slightly faster. Unfortunately I don't see Trevor's results in the Saint John 1/2 marathon today and have to assume he either did not start or had to drop out because of some foot issues that recently cropped up on him. I'm hoping it's only a little bump in the road and he'll be ready to go in just 3 short weeks!

Speaking of bumps in the road, my running and training are finally coming around and I'm almost starting to feel like my old self once again. For most of August and early Sept I was feeling fine (though a little tired) doing regular daily activities but my running was just the pits. I had no energy, was tired from start to finish while running and my heartrates were at levels normally reserved for tempo runs. Thankfully this has at last receded and the easy runs are starting to feel 'easy' and my heartrate no longer climbs as the run get longer. Even on today's long run it stayed relatively low and only climbed slightly over the final few k's as the hills, wind and mileage started to have an effect. I guess it just takes time and patience.

That's it for now. Have a great week and keep putting one foot in front of the other!

8 comments:

Trevor said...

It's great that things continue to look up for you Mike. I didn't start in Saint John today, as my foot is still bothering me. I think it's getting better, but I'm not certain. I hope to get back on schedule starting Tuesday, and I've been biking through this week.

Michael said...

It looks like you’re well on your way to being back on track, keep it up!

Jamie said...

Excellent you're bouncing back nicely! Trevor is lucky to have you as a pacer. Good luck!

Thomas said...

Great progress, Mike. Keep going.

Ms. V. said...

You are such an inspiration. When I complain, I think of you.

DawnB said...

you are doing great Mike , I am glad you are starting to feel like yourself again.

Ewen said...

That's no beach. Visit Australia and I'll show you a beach!

"(33k or 20.5 miles in 3:02 which is 3:30/k or 8:50/mi)"

3:30/k is sensational ;)

Actually, 5:30/k is damn good going. You'd be leaving me for dead on those long runs Mike. Good stuff.

Love2Run said...

Thanks for all the nice comments. Ewen, I'd love to see a real beach and would also love to be able to run 3:30 for even 1 kilometer. Maybe if I can find a good downhill and a tailwind...