Aug 14

Run Redemption

All week I have been struggling on the run.  Actually, more accurately, I have been struggling on the last mile of my runs. I did three runs earlier this week.  8 miles, 6 miles and 5 miles.  The runs have all started out great, but after 7, 5, and 4 miles respectively, I fell apart.  The last mile of each run was over a minute slower than the rest of my miles.  While my average pace on each run was above average for me (7:45, 7:58, and 7:57), I finished each run mentally defeated because the last mile was so much slower than the rest of the run.

Today, however, was different.  I embarked on my weekly long run.  I set out with Jennie on the bike for 12 miles; my longest run since Steelhead.  It was only 80*F, but the humidity was 82% which meant I was dripping with sweat after the first mile.  I started out nice and easy.  The first 8 miles were between 8:30-8:40 min/mile.   After that, I picked it up a bit and finished the last 4 miles between 8:00-8:15.  So, not only did I get in my long run for the week, but I also was able to pick up the pace at the end without falling apart.  Redemption!

I think the biggest difference was having Jennie on the bike carrying water.  I went through about 32oz of water on the run stopping at every 1 or 2 mile mark along the way.  Even so, I was down a couple pounds when I got home so I chugged some more water and chocolate milk to refuel.

But that isn’t even the biggest news of the day.  The biggest news of the day is that Jennie did her first brick workout! After biking along with me for 12 miles, we went on a 1.5 mile run immediately afterwards.  So, now Jennie has felt the feeling in her legs that is a brick workout.  And not only that, but she is looking at getting her own RoadID.  She has a birthday coming up, so well have to see what happens.

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In my opinion, she looks too good for having just done a brick workout.  At least I’ve never looked this good after a brick workout.  Come to think of it, I don’t look this good on a normal basis.

I generally look like a sweaty mess after my workouts.  In this case, I left a nice swass mark on the deck after I got up.  Yep, these clothes aren’t allowed inside until they have air dried.

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Now, we are spending the day vegging out on couch and watching TV.  Jennie is currently engrossed in some Gilmore Girls reruns during which she has seen ice cream sundaes, fresh strawberries, hamburgers/fries, donuts, and baskets of fresh bread; all of which are leaving her with insane cravings.  It is only a matter of time before she starts baking…

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  1. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Good job with your run today! That’s awesome that Jennie was able to bike with you and be your swag support! 🙂
    You totally had me cracking up when you were talking about the Gilmore Girls reruns and how it’s just a matter of time before she starts baking…ha ha…that’s too funny!

  2. Jon

    Awesome run! Way to break through the humidity and finish stronger than starting. Congrats to Jennie as well!

  3. Maria

    Dude! If she starts baking, you are shipping some of that goodness to Texas! My better half (who is also the cook/baker) is in Iowa so I’m left to fend for myself, which means ice cream all the time.

    Way to crush the run, its always better to run with a biker buddy.

    Congrats to Jennie on her first brick!!

  4. lindsay

    woo hoo jennie! congrats on the brick. she is a step ahead of me already 🙂

    i sure hope she whips up bunches of baked goodies for you. obviously that’s what you need to get your mid-week runs back in line!

  5. lindsay

    ps – thanks for note about the jerseys!

  6. Mandy

    Awesome Jennie – I never look that good after a brick!

    Great run in the heat!

  7. Matty O

    Baking = Delicious but EVIL!

    I banned H from baking. Bad news bears man!

    Way to push through and get a good workout in. I have learned that this heat we have been having has wiped any goals I have on the runs out the window. I am not getting frustrated yet since I know most of my missed goals are based on our heat and humidity. I honestly do not remember a summer this hot since I was a little kid.

    Its been a learning experience. If you wanna drop your split times, throw in some speed work 🙂 This is what helps me finish with negative splits usually.

  8. regina

    Ha! Love the last bit about the Gilmore Girls, food and baking. Yesterday my swass was so bad that when I stood the sweat was literally dripping down my legs from my shorts…ew!

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