Wanted to stop back by here for a short time to update you on the latest. Namely, the 10 mile run I managed to bust out yesterday in preparation for the half marathon in about three short weeks.
I set a goal of trying to finish the 10 mile run yesterday in a time of 1:30:00. I figured that would get me fairly close to the goal of finishing the half marathon in 2 hours. So what time did I manage to finish in? 1:30:07. Seven f***ing seconds!
My words of advice? Don’t eat an Oriental Crispy Chicken bowl from Applebee’s before you run. And try not to burn up your energy in a water park beforehand either (we were there with our daughter and her cousins that morning). And don’t push it on a new bike the day before either. You guys probably figured all that out already though.
I got about a half mile into the run and realized I didn’t put my knee brace on. I’m already worried a few thousand feet into the run. I maintained about a 7.2MPH pace for the first four miles or so. Not bad. Pacing myself well I think. Then I hit the hill. Made it halfway up and walked the rest of the way (it’s a steep hill). I think this may probably be the way I do it during the race in three weeks. You sacrifice some time doing it that way but no sense in burning a lot of energy trying to force your way up the hill.
Once I conquered the hill, I did the next mile in 7.1MPH. Pretty happy about that. Felt pretty good too. Did the next mile with a slight uphill in 6.3MPH. Starting to slow down.
Then I hit the up and down of the hill again on my way back. Slowed down to a 6.0MPH pace. I hit the 9 mile mark at about 1:22:00. Now, it feels like it’s going to be a struggle to finish. I was able to push the last mile up to a 7.4MPH pace (my fastest mile of all 10) but just missed the 1:30:00 mark.
The race calculator says this run puts me right at a 2 hour pace. I’ve got to say that if I hit the 10 mile mark in Door County in 1:30:00 and have to finish the last 5K in 30 minutes, I have to feel pretty good about that. I did this run without any supplements, not fueling properly at the start and generally not feeling 100% at the start and still managed to finish in a pretty good time. I think things will be even better in Door County.
I’m taking today off. Knees and calves are still a little sore but not too bad. A good rest day will help.