Monday, March 23, 2009

Running Week: 3-23--3-29--2009

Monday: Black Rock Rd-Whitehall Rd-Beaver Creek Rd-Funkstown
(AM) Distance: 12.2 Miles--1:46:00--8:41 Pace
(PM) Distance: 1.5 Miles--No Time--Run For Fun
Total Distance: 13.7 Miles
Weather: 47 Degrees With 13mph Winds

After running a good workout yesterday I wanted to have a nice longer recovery run today. The run itself is kind of tough, actually pretty hard. The first 5 miles have three nice size climbs that get the legs burning. Once turning on to Whitehall Road it is rolling hills with two nice hills in the middle. Beaver Creek Road has two nice hills as well and is also rolling. Going in to Funkstown there are several nice climbs that make you want to walk. Coming out of Funkstown there is one big hill that seem's to go on forever. After coming down that it is about one mile of a gradual uphill until we return to my place. Basically it is up and down the whole run, which is what I want. The one bad thing was the constant wind in our face for the last 5 miles. Today was a good start for the week. The plan is to average 10 or more miles a day for the rest of the week. The weather looks good so far so hopefully it will be a nice week of running.
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Tuesday: North End-Fairgrounds-Town-Side Streets
(AM) Distance: 11 Miles--1:30--8:10 Pace
Weather: 31 Degrees With Wind Chill--6 mph Winds

We ran all through the North End of town today and the side streets over to the Fairgrounds. There were some slight inclines but much of the run was evenly flat. It was a rather easy run but it seemed like it took forever to get to 1:30. I don't know if it was because I was tired from lack of sleep. I am hoping tomorrow will be better. We have a Doctors Appointment to see how Jerri is doing with our baby..(She's due in June)..I am hoping to get my run in around 10 to 11am. I may have to split it up to save time. Although the tempature was 31 with the wind chill, it actually felt good. You can really tell Spring is almost here...which is so nice!!
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Wednesday: Around The Neighborhood
Distance: 2 Miles--16:30--8:15 Pace
Weather: 44 Degrees With Wind Gusting To 25 mph

With our Doctors appointment and all the errands we had to run today, I just took it easy. I only ran 2 miles and was glad with that. The wind was so strong and cold I just didn't want to be outside in it. I'll make it up with my runs over the next three days.
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Thursday: Washington-McDade-Salem Church-Salem-Church-Town
(AM) Distance: 12.05 Miles--1:45:30--8:45 Pace
(PM) Distance: 1.62 Miles--Easy Recovery Run
Total Distance: 13.67 Miles
Weather: 45 Degrees With Cold Wind & Pouring Rain

I had a great day of running. Most people hate running in the rain and make exuces to stay in. I, on the other hand, loved every moment of it. The first few miles were at a nice incline and had a few small to moderate hills. McDade and Salem Church Rd were rolling to flat, while Salem Avenue was a steady incline. The run on Church street was just small up's and down's, nothing bad at all. The run through Town was, well, boring and gross. I dislike town running and avoid it as much as possible. But there are some times when I have to cross from one side to the other because we live on the far side. The recovery run a few hours later was just around where I live. I wanted to keep my legs from being too tight. It was nothing fast, just a little jog after the rain stopped. All in all, a very fun and productive run.
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Friday: South End-North End-East End-Fairgrounds-South End
(AM) Distance: 10.50 Miles--1:32:40--8:50 Pace
(PM) Distance: 1.65 Miles--Easy Recovery Run
Total Distance: 12.15 Miles
Weather: 55 Degrees With Light Winds

Today was a messed up day of running. We had a plan as to where we were going to go and then it went south. As we were running in the North End of town I heard someone yell, "Slow Down". It was the possible winner of the upcoming Mountain MD Marathon. We ran about 10 minutes with him at a 7:00 pace or quicker, which was probaly slow for him. From there we just ran out to the East End of town and hit some of the backroads, and then ran over to the fairgrounds. At this point, we had no idea as to where we were going. We just knew where our feet took us we went. As much as this run was all over the place, it was fun at the same time. The one thing we knew was that we wanted to run 1:30 and we were just a touch over. After the run I went down to our Church and helped the ladies and my Fiance Jerri make peanut butter eggs. They are in the process of making 3,000 eggs!! After being there for about three hours we left to grab some Chinese food. I was feeling tight from the standing and dipping eggs so once we got home from eating I took a small run of 1.65 miles. This weekend they are calling for a good amount of rain so it will be fun to see what runs we plan out.
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Saturday: Canal-Dam 5-Clear Spring Rd-Bottom Rd-Neighborhood-Etc
(AM) Distance: 12 Miles--1:42--8:50 Pace
(Afternoon) Distance: 4 Miles--No Time--Just For Fun
(PM) Distance: 4.2 Miles--32:00--7:37 Pace
Total Distance: 20.2 Miles

Weather: 53 Degrees with A Misty Rain

I didn't think I was going to put in this many miles but I felt good today. The first run was my 12 miler and that was semi hard. The first 3.5 were flat but once turning off of the Canal and on to Gift Rd thing's turned, well, uphill !! Running Dam 5, Clear Spring Rd, and Bottom Rd were rolling and painful. It was just what I needed. I enjoy the hard runs because it makes me that much better. Atleast I think so. My 4 in the afternoon was just for fun. I didn't pay attention to time, just the act of running. My 4.2 this evening was a quick run to see how I felt after putting in 16 miles already. My neighborhood roads are not flat by any means. A few of the side streets have a steady incline and one has a nice big hill at the begining. I felt nice and relaxed, my legs weren't wobbly, it felt good. I slowed down the last mile to cool down some but ended the run with a 7:37 pace overall. Had I not slowed down I may have been around 7:15 to 7:20 per mile. This week has been a good week of training, something I have been hoping for.
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Sunday: Black Rock-Whitehall-Old Forge-Little Ant-Town-Security-Etc
Distance: 20 Mile Long Run--2:58--8:53 Pace
Cool Down of .28 Mile
Total Distance: 20.28 Miles

Weather: 58 Degrees With Wind Gust's of 20mph and Pouring Rain (Hail In Area)

Three words can describe this run...This Run Hurt!!...That being said, it needed done. We've run a few of these roads several times but Little Antietam Road, Old Forge Road, Clopper Road, and the last half of Whitehall Road was new to us. There were plenty of up's and down's, mostly just rolling. Clopper Road was a total pain in the legs but the views and surrounding horse farms made it worth running. It was like running through a zoo...I got to see lama's, horse's, cow's, deer, and some birds that looked like they were going to attack us. They were quite funny and made this screeching noise that made us run a little quicker. We got about 2 hours into the run and the rain let loose. We heard the thunder and then it just poured...and I mean POURED!! It was fun for a while and then the rain got cold and the wind started blowing hard. The rain stopped and we started drying out just a bit, and then it poured again. This time we were only 3 miles from my place so we just started running in the puddles and not caring at all about being wet. Motorist's drove by and looked at us like we were insane becuase we were laughing about our "good" luck. Todays run was not about speed, it was about just getting a good long run in with some time on our feet. Speaking of feet, I ran with my NB 790's for the last time. They just have nothing left as my feet started aching something awful. I am used to running in 7 to 8 ounce shoes, even long long distances. But after running about 700 miles in 7 plus ounce shoes, it's time to retire them to 5 mile runs. All in all, it was a good week of running and what I wanted leading up to the Mountain MD Marathon.
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Total Miles This Week: 93
Total Miles This Year: 674.23