Saturday, July 28, 2012

First 30 Mile Run & First 100 Mile Week!!!

Today's Workout:
                  Course:  Lees Summit, MO
               Workout:   Long Run - First Ever 30 Miler
                     Miles:   30          
            Total Time:  4:17:21
              Avg Pace:  8:35/mile
                  Avg HR:  143
Elevation Gain:  1,057 ft
 Calories Burned:   4,262
                     Temp:   80 Degrees, Humidity 60%, Wind 5SE
 Miles This Week:   101

Well, that was different!  Not my first 100 mile week ever ... that was not a big deal.  I'm talking about my first 30 mile run ever.  That was hard!  To be honest, I don't feel quite as good about it as I thought I would afterwards.  The 100 mile week was no problem - I broke it up with double runs throughout the week, so it really wasn't bad at all.  I've got about 4 more planned before my fall marathon.  But the 30 miler today was really a lot tougher than I thought it would be.  You're either laughing at me or rolling your eyes at this point ... I mean who thinks a 30 mile run would be "not too tough"?  Me.  But it was.

My theory with the bulky mileage is to make my legs stronger and faster.  And that's working really well this summer.  But the reasoning behind the 30 miler was to start getting my mind over the 26.2 hump I experience in races.  I don't want to view 26.2 as anything other than an average Saturday long run ... and then kill the mutha on race day.  But really all I found myself doing today was keeping my pace way-way too slow so I didn't crash at the end, and struggling with miles 28-30.  It was warm toward the end (not sweltering - only 85 when I was in the last miles), my legs were tired, and I just wanted to be done.  That long of a run really "banged me up" a little too.  I've got a few sore spots I need to work out this week.  I'm not sure that this run had the desired effect.  I'm afraid all it did was set me back a little - it's gonna take a couple of days to get right after that one. But, hey ... I proved to myself I could do it!  Hope your running's going well - have a great day & GO TEAM USA!!!
... be great today!


  1. Holy Cow! I was so excited to finally get my FIRST 30 mile WEEK. steps for me.

    I foresee ultra's in your future!

  2. Congrats! 30 miles seems like so far! I bet it feels awesome though!

  3. Awesome job. 30 miles is definitely tough for me.

  4. 30 miles....!!! that is crazy!
    super Jim!
    how can 30 miles not be difficult!

    Go Canada (hoping for at least one medal in triathlon) and go USA!

  5. That's really impressive. Hopefully you have a quick recovery!

  6. I'm one of the few that rolled my eyes.... nah, just kidding! Dude you are amazing. Keep up the great work!

  7. Insane in the membrane! You are crazy but I definitely agree with the method behind the madness.

  8. Only you would say a 100-mile week is no big deal!


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