Sunday, March 28, 2010

Double 10's

Upon waking up and seeing the sun rise I knew it was going to be a great day. Yesterday
I almost kept my run going and did my long run just because I was feeling so good. I took a chance and waited until today and I didn't disappoint myself by waiting a day. Once I got a little pre-run meal and some fluids I made my way out to do the first half of what was going to be my first 20 miler of the year. I have to admit, I was a little fired up for this run.

The first out and back I did was on west Skyline to Enger golf course and back. The sun was in my face on the return trip but so was the wind. Many times during this section I tried to slow down and get comfy at a slower pace but it just didn't happen. The first ten were done near 7:00 pace flat. The good news was I didn't even feel it and I knew I could knock off another ten I just didn't know if and when the staleness would hit.

The second loop took me to upper Woodland to W. Tischer and back via Eagle Lk. Rd and Vermilion roads. I managed to slow just a bit on this loop, mainly because of the terrain being more hilly, but I'm sure the fatigue had something to do with it as well. I managed to run this loop at or near 7:10's and that brought me home feeling quite good. The run unfolded better than I could have hoped for and all I took in was about 6 oz's of Poweraid and I didn't use the gel in my pocket.

Totals: 2:23:15 20.1 miles

Weeks Total: 71.4 miles
Years Total: 635.4 miles


runperryrun said...

Nice 20 miler! I haven't got to that distance yet(15-16 so far). Was that all on trail? You are getting in some good mileage as well. Keep rockin and enjoying the runs.

Julie said...

Awesome job on that twenty miler!! I can't wait for the day when I can post about running that far:) Nice work!

Gregg said...

Thanks for the comments.
Perry, it went much better than I imagined it would for this time of year. I hope to stay near the 80 mpw once I get up to full volume.

Julie, thanks a lot. It sure is an amazing feeling to knock off 20 miles first thing in the morning. At times I have to really step back and look at what I have just done. For me, 20 miles may be just a morning run, where some folks can't imagine that very idea. Feeling good while doing it sure is a nice added bonus. Keep at it, some day when you sign up for that full marathon you will be working towards these types of runs.