Runner's support and Accountability
- November 26, 2019 at 9:34 am #121079
@yoda that is fantastic! And I know exactly what you mean, I am much more of a walk/run myself, leaning much more heavily on the walk. But you know what? We’re still out there doing! And I think that makes us athletes and keeps us in much better shape especially given our jobs. We may be slower than the youngsters, but we’re still out doing. You keep up the great work my friend!November 26, 2019 at 10:40 am #121103
@rocketear99 Ugh! you definitely need to be careful! Maybe the weather won’t turn out as bad as you think. But even if it does, we still have 5 weeks until Dopey. I know there’s holidays and stuff in there but hopefully there will be time to get a 20 miler in there somewhere and haven’t y’all completed 17 before? That’s getting pretty close to 26!
@yoda Wow! It sounds like you do pretty good!November 27, 2019 at 2:04 pm #121155
Last night’s run was rough! The weather was 65* which sounded perfect so I was happy to have one less cold winter run. I took Leia and we went for a run in the neighborhood. What I didn’t know was, it was super windy! I set out and it was 15 mph winds, kinda hard to breathe but I pushed through. About mile 2 it really started to get bad. My eyes were streaming with the wind making them water, leaves were blowing into my legs and face, Leia was freaking out with trash can lids, flag poles, and wind chimes blowing like crazy and making noises that scared her. Poor thing. By mile 3 she kept stopping and did not want to keep going but there was only one way home! We pushed through and made it but those winds picked up to 21 mph by the time we were done and that was headwind! it wasn’t cold, but the wind made it hard to breathe and I was a little worried Leia would get knocked into the street it was so strong! Still somehow I was able to knock out a killer pace that I haven’t seen in a while
Distance: 4.00 miles
Pace: 10’41”November 27, 2019 at 2:07 pm #121156
@starbee dudette! That was amazing in that! Holy cow! I’m just glad you both made it safely, it’s so bad out there! That is freakishly fast with the wind, you did awesome!November 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm #121157
@nascfan Thank you! By the grace of God I’m glad I didn’t know about the wind because I probably would have skipped it and with Turkey Day tomorrow, I couldn’t afford toDecember 2, 2019 at 2:44 pm #121209
This weekend did not go as planned on the running front
I skipped Thursday’s run because we were out of town Thursday and Friday, then I planned to pick it up Saturday with a longer run followed by a distance run on Sunday. The weekend got crazy busy somehow, I don’t even know where the time went! so many errands and unfinished things I had to do on Sunday, plus taking Trixie to the vet (she has kennel cough after our trip out of town, poor baby) that I didn’t have enough time for that distance run. This is the recurring problem at this point in my training. I need about 4.5 hours if I’m going to run 17 miles (includes warm up, cool down, and travel time to the trail) plus an hour to shower and change after that – that’s half the day! Plus, now I’m out of daylight at 5pm. But I did get a longer run in on Saturday at least.
We had tons and tons of rain over Thanksgiving so I couldn’t run at the trail (that 17 miler would have been iffy had I done it) so I had to loop around the neighborhood a little instead. Not very scenic, and still wet and muddy in places, but I did it. It was 65* but felt a lot colder with 17 mph winds which were no fun and presented a challenge in that I couldn’t feel my Fitbit vibrating sometimes for my intervals! I walked through some of my run intervals as a result. Oops. Oh well I got it done.
Distance: 7.00 miles
I plan on two more 4 mile runs this week but a distance run is out. I have drill this weekend, plus my squadron Christmas party and it will be dark when I get home from drill.December 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm #121212
@starbee Sorry you’re having trouble getting in those long distance runs I know it’s tough having now down a few and it just totally eats up an entire day. You did really well with your 7 miles though!December 2, 2019 at 3:42 pm #121213
Going to try my week’s worth of run updates one day per post and see how this goes:
We completed our paced run on the home track at night (it’s always dark when we get home from work now ). In 0:30:00, we completed 2.29 miles for a pace of 13’07″/mile. Not a fan of night runs, but we only have 7 night runs to go, plus 2 walks that will no doubt also be at night after work.December 2, 2019 at 3:45 pm #121214
On our way to NJ to spend Thanksgiving with Christy’s family, we stopped at Bass River State Forest to do our paced workout on the trails there for a change of scenery. It was also daylight since we had the day off to travel. Daylight, plus flat ground (our home track is hilly) meant a faster pace! In 0:30:00, we completed 2.47 miles for a pace of 12’09″/mileDecember 2, 2019 at 3:48 pm #121215
On our way home from NJ, we stopped again at Bass River State Forest to go for a long walk. This is to help us prepare for going long distances on foot multiple days in a row at the Dopey Challenge. Of course a walk is going to be slow (we weren’t speed walking or anything). We completed 8.50 miles in 2:44:37 for a pace of 19’22″/mile.December 2, 2019 at 3:57 pm #121216
The weather forecast from earlier in the week got a whole lot better for our long distance run today. The rain and wintry mix was postponed to Sunday/Monday. We ended up running in temps between 36* and 42* with partly sunny skies and low wind. That’s about as good as you can expect around here for late November! With my dad driving us to and from the rail trail and stopping so we can replenish water at a couple of points, we started our run at the MD/PA state line. We ran the 20 miles all the way to York, PA (home of my college alma mater and delicious peppermint patties). Along the way we passed a genuine steam train with passengers at a station. Then later, it passed us and then we passed it again as it was stopped at a tree farm up the track a ways. I’m happy to say my IT band didn’t give me any trouble! We got to mile 14 before the normal types of soreness heavily set in. We finished in 4:31:39 for a pace of 13’35″/mile!
This gave us quite a confidence boost for the Dopey Challenge! We feel really good about it, but we’ll continue to train just the same We have 18 training events to go before Dopey, including: 11 Paced Runs, 5 Distance Runs, and 2 Walks!December 2, 2019 at 4:35 pm #121219
Not a fan of night runs, but we only have 7 night runs to go, plus 2 walks that will no doubt also be at night after work.
I hate running at night only because it’s dark. It creeps me out. I don’t know why because in the summer I run in the morning before the sun is up and that doesn’t bother me at all. But the plus side is knowing how many times you have to do that like you said do you have a running plan for after Dopey?December 2, 2019 at 4:36 pm #121220
On our way to NJ to spend Thanksgiving with Christy’s family, we stopped at Bass River State Forest to do our paced workout on the trails there for a change of scenery. It was also daylight since we had the day off to travel. Daylight, plus flat ground (our home track is hilly) meant a faster pace! In 0:30:00, we completed 2.47 miles for a pace of 12’09″/mile
Nice pace! and that is some serious dedication! Stopping on the way to Thanksgiving!December 2, 2019 at 4:39 pm #121221
@rocketear99 All I have to say about that 20 miler is WOW what an incredible pace! And that is a seriously long run! Maybe I’ll have to see if hubby would be so kind as to bring me water on my longer runs. All of the fountains along the trails are turned off now for the winter and there’s only so much I can carry with me. Not trying to make this all about me, because I am seriously so impressed by y’all, but Beverly do I feel unprepared and behind nowDecember 2, 2019 at 6:01 pm #121222
@yoda Great job on your runs! I walk/run every single distance I do! I wouldn’t run otherwise! So keep it up! You are doing amazing!!
@RocketEar99 Wow!! Great job on all of your runs! And WAHOO on that 20 miler!!!! That’s an amazing pace too!!! You and Christy are going to do great at Dopey! I pray that all of your training continues on track and that the weather doesn’t sidetrack you. But no matter what, you both will do great!!
@starbee Don’t fret about missing some runs! I know we had some setbacks and such during our training. It truly is hard to plan for the long run days! It really eats up at least half your day! And that’s really hard when we still have a life to live outside of training. Just listen to your body and get out for those maintenance runs whenever you have a chance. That at least helps with muscle memory! And anytime you see an opening in your schedule and the weather, go get a long run in! Slow and steady is all you need to think about! My long runs were super slow the farther I got. But my main focus was just going the distance! I have full confidence in you and you will do great at Dopey! I kept telling myself I was just doing 3 training runs and then a marathon! I just looked at the one race in front of me and just thought about that one until I started the next one! It’s such a mental game at that point! But any and all training you can safely get in from here on out will benefit you no matter what! I promise that you aren’t the only person feeling this way for Dopey! So many people get their training sidelined by this time of year due to weather and the holidays! And remember, the only thing you need to do is finish each race before the hard sweepers come through! And I KNOW you can do that! I will be cheering you all the way!
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