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Seven Fast Ones

Today's running goal: run 15 miles with 8 miles at marathon pace, which is 8:35/mi. for a 3 hour and 45 minute marathon finish (my goal).

The first seven miles, I averaged a 9:37/mi. pace. Then in mile 8, I purposely sped up - trying for 8:35, but I ran it at 9:06. It was windy, but I doubt that was my major problem. It's just kind of hard for me to go from 9:37 to 8:35, but not to worry because... I did speed up later. I finished mile 9 with an 8:35 average. That's the goal pace! The last seven miles, I averaged an 8:36 pace. In the last mile, I even slowed down for a neighbor to tell me a joke. He was walking down the street and I had run by him and his wife about a half hour before. Here's the conversation:"I just saw your sister over there," the neighbor told me as he pointed down the street. "What?" I took my headphones out of my ears and slowed down.He repeated the joke. I laughed. When I got home and some of the blood rushed to my brain again,…

20 Mile Run

Hurricane Ike hit our house Friday - especially our roof. I just hope our neighborhood gives out a prize for the house covered with the most tarp! We have running water and electricity now and that's very good. I found some milk at the store yesterday and sometimes the gas stations near our house have gas. It will be a while before things are back to normal.

I had to skip a few runs because of Hurricane Ike, but I ran twenty miles yesterday - sometimes tip-toeing through the tree branches on the street. I ran the second half faster than the first half with the last five miles the fastest. The combination of the cool weather and the company I had for a little while made the long run easier than usual. The average pace for the whole run was 9:22/mile.

Ten Today with Hills

I ran nine miles on the crushed granite trail at the park. The loop around the lake is a little over a mile long, so I went around and around and around keeping a countdown in my head of the number of loops I had left to run. There was a cool breeze at one end of the lake. Unbelievable!

My splits at the park went like this: 10:06, 9:45, 9:40, 9:38, 9:35, 9:24, 9:21, 9:16 (I like the way my numbers came down) and then 9:39. Oh well! Time to cool down, I guess. Ave. pace: 9:36.

Then I drove to the parking garage where I wanted to work on hill work. (Closest hills for me - we live near Houston.) As soon as I started running up the ramp, I felt tired. You know - like I just ran nine miles. But won't I be tired when I get to the hills in the marathon? So, unless I can't walk tomorrow (!), I think it's good preparation. After going up the ramp the first time, it got a little easier and it was a good change from just running on a level path. I ran up and down the ramp for one mile …

Completed the Long Run for the Week

I ate a banana and an English muffin topped with honey and then I was on my way. It was hot (felt like temperature ranged from 83-87 degrees) and a little windy, too (which I didn't make up for with any speed - too hot), but I was glad about the wind - it cooled me off a little. My average pace for the 17 mile run was 10:12/mi.

I drank Gatorade Endurance nearly the whole way and I liked it. It looks like I'll be able to drink it when I run in the Seattle marathon. It would be nice to not have to safety pin gels to my shorts like I did when I ran the Houston marathon.

Neighbors were friendly and I wasn't chased by any dogs today. Even though I complain about the dogs sometimes, I'm fortunate to live in a neighborhood with nice neighbors and at least some shade. I included the shady streets in my run as much as possible.

Except for a minor stomach cramp in the eleventh mile, I felt fine during and after the run. Glad to be home and feeling like I accomplished something, I s…

Week 13 of Pfitzinger 18/55 Plan

This morning, after eating some Raisin Bran and doing some pre-run exercises, I ran two miles to warm up and came home for a drink and a drill. I did the Russian Dance drill where you kick straight legs ahead of you and run, sort of. ; )

I got another drink and then I took off for my four half-marathon pace miles, hoping for 8:30/mi. or faster becasue I ran my last half-marathon at an 8:29/mi. pace. The first mile, when I saw that my pace was sticking around 8:35, I figured I'd just have to be happy with that and hope I could keep with that pace for four miles. After about a half mile, I felt better, and was able to average that first mile at an 8:31/mi. pace.

In the second mile, I saw the dog named Angel. Saturday, her owner (a lady) yelled out to her, "Angel, don't chase the lady down the street. You're scaring her!" Today the dog came barking down her driveway and into the street, while her other owner (a man) ignored her - he continued to trim his bushes. I ran…