This weekend was about the same as last weekend. I ate a light breakfast of cereal beforehand and at 8 miles I has a Clif Shot and 2 electrolyte capsules. I felt better during the run and was quite consistent mile to mile with my pace. At the end up Waller I was moving along quite well. Yet when I ended I still had throbbing muscles so I stopped for a choc milk on the way home which helped them subside.
10 14:45 (talked to Nedra for a while at the water stop)
Well I tried to do what you asked. That ucky ol’ Far West hill though took the stuffin’ out of me. Maybe next time we can meet down-low at the Baseball fields on Great Northern and start by running up Steck thereby making us run slower at the start, then run around our typical loops up near Mesa, and finally finish by coming screamin’ down Far West back to the baseball field. Now that would be the right way to use those hills.
So here is the breakdown of my miles from my Garmin… And remember I got lost during mile 4 looking for Greenlawn – sheesh!
9 09:04 (short, only 0.21)
Overall, I attempted to do it. and until mile 6 & 7 (on that nasty nasty Far West hill) I should be commended (I think) although I finished too fast and should have pulled back on the gas when I got to Mesa for the last mile. Oh, and I appreciate your comment that my form looked better yesterday – That makes we feel better after that person complemented me on my speed walking [on the time trial day].
For the record, my Garmin posted the following times today for the tempo run. It measured that we ran 2.89 miles total so the last entry below if shorter than a mile.
mile 1 – 9:49
mile 2 – 9.44
mile 3 – 9.22
So all three miles were faster than my mile time from the 2 mile time trial (19:57). Hmmm, what should I read into that? Should I have backed off? Note that my warm up miles were on average 12:30 which is 30 sec slower that my current MGP which seems about right for me – so warm up was OK.
Didn’t see you this morning, but today was tough for me. I did the L2 of 14 miles. I finally got to a distance that is over my normal. I found that my legs were aching/throbbing afterwards. All I had during the run was water. So when I got home I had some sweet grapes. I’m fine now, but I’ve got to start considering using some type of fuel/hydration/salts during my runs. I’m not a lover of things like Gatorade. My concern is that while I’m on weight-watchers to get my weight down I’ve got to take just enough calories to help me out during the run. This is a tricky balancing act now that the mileage is getting up there. Thought you should know.