17 March 2010

Never Again, Will I Take More Than a Week off of Running

Okay, the blisters from my 5-mile run in boots are almost gone! But after 11-days off my pace today wasn't much faster than running in boots!

Ran with Kara today, we hit a few trails so it wasn't all road running, which was a good change of pace. Speaking of pace, it felt good for the first few miles and would've been more than manageable. However, the first big hill we hit at a touch over 3-miles (see elevation chart below) I hollered "last one up's a loser" and charged to the top! Big mistake, by the time she made it to the top of hill, I was light headed and running like a wounded gazelle. It really did feel like it was 90° with a dew point over 80°. At least a mile after cresting the hill, I regained some composure and wasn't running blind anymore. Then it was all down hill, till we hit another trail, man I was smoked, but never stopped.

Finally, we got off the trail and headed towards another good sized hill. As we rounded the corner to this hill, (at about mile 7) I hollered "head all the way to the top" in an attempt to hide my struggle! I thought when we hit the hill, I would charge right past her and be king of the mountain; however, it was all I could do just to make it to the top! If ever, I felt like walking on a run it here, on this hill, today! Thankfully, I persevered and made it home! Nevertheless, this is a hill that I have run repeats on in the past and have never felt like I did today!

Kara called me a "Sally" today. Well, I guess sometime, we will have to go for The Running of the Bulls, we'll see who the "Sally" is? Most likely though, after I get my mojo back. Which  I will, leave no doubt! It may be a few runs from now, but when I do get back in the rhythm, it's some not so "Sally" hill repeats...we'll be doing!

Gotta love the ups an' downs of running,

Route:--Elev. Avg:883 ft
Location:Stoughton, WIElev. Gain:-3 ft
Date:03/17/10Up/Downhill: [+354/-357]
Time:12:26 PMDifficulty:3.7 / 5.0
60 F temp; 22% humidity
60 F heat index; winds N 3
Distance: 7.96 miles
Speed:6.7 mph
Pace:8' 56 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 08-0' 487.4+0.7+4 ft
28' 29-0' 277.1+0.3+49 ft
38' 45-0' 116.8+0.1-37 ft
49' 34+0' 386.3-0.4+52 ft
58' 39-0' 176.9+0.2-63 ft
69' 04+0' 086.6-0.1-26 ft
79' 27+0' 316.3-0.4+56 ft
end9' 18+0' 226.5-0.3-40 ft
Versus average of 8' 56 min/mile

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