Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Todays plan: Finish 6 miles in under 51:00

Well, it was as thick as pea soup out there today. Temp said 78F w 97% humidity. YUCK, but I got out there as soon as I dropped kids off at camp/school. I decided to run the Cow Harbor 10K course, but just leave out the last .2, since I knew this course like the back of my hand, and would know when to push, etc.

Legs felt good, but a little tight, but they loosend by the end of the 1st mile. I took the 1st mile a little slower than usual as it's downhill, and I knew the humidity would suck me dry by the end (M1-8:01). I attacked the 2nd mile (James St), and was very pleased, did it faster than past runs (M2-9:02), and then opened up for miles 3 & 4 (M3-8:40 M4-8:31, legs still felt strong, and then going up Waterside, I could feel the legs getting heavy. Still pushed, but legs didn't want to go. M5-8:45. I was sprinting/pushing in my head, but I think the humidity finally got to me by mile6. @mile 6.5 I got the worst stitch in my rib cage ever. I almost stopped/quit (but that's not in my nature, I downed some Nuun and worked thru it), and finished M6 in 8:50. Good run over all!! I didn't hit my under 51:00 mark, but I came damn close and in this humidity, I say this run was a HUGE success!!!

I wore the fuel belt, and filled the 4 8oz bottles with Nuun. I drank at miles 2, 4 & 6 and then finished all the Nuun at the end of the run. I was completely soaked by the end of the run, and hurt, but jumped in a 7min ice bath when I got home, and feel good as new now!

6 miles in 51:49 (avg pace 8:38) Avg HR 150 Cardiac Drift: 163

M1-8:01 Avg HR 143 Cardiac Drift: 152
M2-9:02 Avg HR 155 Cardiac Drift: 163
M3-8:40 Avg HR 152 Cardiac Drift: 163
M4-8:31 Avg HR 152 Cardiac Drift: 157
M5-8:45 Avg HR 153 Cardiac Drift: 157
M6-8:50 Avg HR 147 Cardiac Drift: 155


Mark said...

Good job!! Good luck on your road to NYC Marathon!

Ted said...

Sweet !!! Keep up the good job despite the heat and humidity. The harder you do it in the summer, the easier it will be for you in the Fall.