Surprise 10 and a Tough 10.0 Mile Run 3-23-12

I really wasn’t planning on going this far today, I like to do something around 8.0 and not too tough a course on Fridays. Instead I decided to go around the River Road, which turned out to be exactly 10.0 miles according to the GPS. I did some experimenting today to see how things would work.

1. Ran again with hydration pack, I do think that I run slower with it on, but it carries everything that I want to carry comfortably, so it is a trade-off that I think is worth it on longer training and definitely on trail runs.

2. Didn’t run in my compression Tommie Copper calf sleeves. They do make a difference, my legs are toast tonight and when I wear them, I really do not feel nearly this bad. Note to self – runs longer than 6.0 miles wear the compression sleeves. Disclaimer Tommie Copper provided these calve sleeves at no cost for a previous review of their product.

3. Didn’t bring any energy gels. They do make a difference on runs over 6.0 miles. I really started to bonk after the 1 hour mark as you can see by my time dipping so much after that point. The hills might have had something to do with it too.

I wanted to stay in the 9:00 minute range for the run tonight, however, I ended up being a lot closer to 10:00 minutes. When looking at the above chart, I can see why I was getting so freaking tired over the course of the last part of the run. I haven’t run hills like this for a long time and they got me pretty good at the end. The hill at the 1:10 mark just about killed me, but I didn’t walk at all during the run.

This is going to be a good course to check my fitness levels and hopefully next time I don’t have to run into a 20-25 mph headwind going up the Lyons Road (where I really started to drop my time.

THE GREAT NEWS this morning was that I cracked the 160 barrier and weighed in at 159. I haven’t weighed this little since before 1990, so it has been a long time. You know something I am pretty damn excited about this. I know that I will probably bounce back over 160 tomorrow, but I am definitely heading in the right direction and only have 4 more pounds to reach my first goal weight.

I know that I am definitely toast tonight and my body is done. Β The homemade Pepperoni, green pepper and garlic pizza tasted fantastic, along with the glass of Merlot that went down way too easily. No I am sitting with Bennie in my lap, having a cup of green tea and a chocolate chip whoppie pie. A great way to relax, now to turn on the TV and watch some more of March Madness πŸ™‚

RunLog 3-23-12

If I really wanted to work hard, I could get 40 miles this week – will have to think about it :-).

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8 comments on “Surprise 10 and a Tough 10.0 Mile Run 3-23-12

  1. I like my hydration bag too….everything I need fits in so well!!!! Who cares if it slows you down. It’s a training run! πŸ™‚ And those darn hills…gets you everytime (and me!).

    • The more I use it, the more I like it, getting closer to being in hill shape, next time I will have my compression socks on and have a gel or two for the run πŸ™‚

  2. Your posts are quite interesting. A few questins if you don’t mind. How long have you been running and do you do these 10 /15 mile regularly?
    I’ve only been running about a year or so but I do MMA training 4 times per week and play squash as well. I don’t think my body could put in that many runs.
    Fnally…what the heck is ‘chocolate chip whoppie pie’ and where can I get some??!

    Happy trails to you…

    Doug

    • Doug – thank you for your compliment. I have been running since 1972 – mostly as a recreational runner/not a racer, I had knee surgery last May and retired early last June to get my health back – which had deteriorated pretty significantly and we were worried about it a lot.

      As you can see it has worked and I am in the best condition I have been in many years. I just started going over 10 miles a few weeks ago. I plan to try a half-marathon in June and see where I want go from there – I would really like to run Marine Corps in 2013, it would be 30 years after I finished it in 1983. I hurt myself playing racquetball, so I just run and work around the house being a gardener and lumberjack (we burn wood).

      I go by how my body feels and change my schedule as necessary to ensure that I am ready/able to do a certain run.

      A chocolate chip Whoopie Pie is the food of the gods. My wife makes a great large chocolate chip cookie and then whips up some vanilla frosting and puts it between two cookies – making a sweat/decadent cooking sandwich or a knock-off of a Whoopie Pie. πŸ™‚

  3. You have very interesting posts. A couple of questions if you don’t mind. First – how long have you been running? and second – how regularly do you do the 10 / 15 mile runs? I’ve only been running a year or so but can’t seem to find the energy to run that regularly. However I do MMA training and play squash also.
    Finally, What in the world is a chocolate chip whoppie pie, and where can I get some? Happy trails to youuuu…
    Doug

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