Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Running

This weekend was a great weekend of running. Although there has been warmer temperatures this March, the weekend was sunny and just warm enough that it didn't suck.

I put in an 18-miler on Saturday with 14 miles at MP + about 15 seconds, so 7:25ish a mile. It was definitely my hardest long run so far but it was a million times better than the first 20 mile run I did training for my first marathon. 

That 20 mile run brings back (terrible) memories. It was a Saturday morning last July and it started out innocent enough. I thought I was going to do 10 miles out and then 10 back at my goal marathon pace. Wrong. It got hot, which for Minnesota means about 75 degrees. By the time I turned around, and I ended up doing maybe 3 miles at MP. Then, at 14ish miles I ran out of water. At 16 miles my legs felt like jello, and I'm still not sure how I finished the whole 20.

Saturday's run was so much better. The only downside was I decided I didn't need gloves and when I pulled out a pack of jelly-beans around mile 14 my cold hands had problems opening them. Then, when I got the pack opened my fingers' dexterity was far from adequate for putting said beans into my mouth. I dropped several, costing me at least 14 calories and surely a slower pace. 

On Saturday I met some new friends, a group called the Minnesota Running Wild. They were all doing different distances and paces but I found someone who wanted to go 10 at about my pace. Unfortunately, Emi and I weren't overly familiar with the route and ended up running 14.7 miles instead of 10. Oops.

Oh well, over 32 miles is pretty good for one weekend. I got a little over 55 miles last week and I'll shoot for 55 miles+ this coming week. 

6 comments:

Nitmos said...

You are rocking out the miles and training plan! Keep on keepin' on.

TCHusker - Nate said...

Thanks! I feel like you-flirting with that line of overdoing it-minus the knuckles thing.

Julie said...

Hi Nate,
Awesome job on your eighteen miler! You ran at a pretty fast pace! I have never heard of the Minnesota Running Wild group. Where do they meet up for their runs?

TCHusker - Nate said...

Hey Julie - You should check out their group on facebook. I think they run at a variety of locations. Just search MN Running Wild on facebook.

Julie said...

Thanks Nate but I don't do facebook:( Do you think that I could just google them?

TCHusker - Nate said...

Sure, you could also check out their thread on Runner's World forums. That's how I found out about them. http://www.runnersworld.com/community/forums/runner-communities/marathoners/mn-running-wild