How Far in One Day? Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:26:21 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Oct 17, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-17-2018.html <p>Speedwork at the track; it has been a VERY long time since I did that.</p> <p>8 x 400 with 400 recoveries.&nbsp; Was going to start with just 6, but felt good and so added 2 more.</p> <p>Pretty even splits at around 1:33, give or take a few seconds either way.</p> <p>Oh, and a light snow.&nbsp; Still melting as it hits the ground, but it&#39;s coming.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 16, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-16-2018.html <p>Goodwill Route; 8:28 pace.&nbsp; I think I&#39;m going to attempt some speed work at the track tomorrow.&nbsp; If I can remember what that looks like - it has been a while.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 15, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-15-2018.html <p>Goodwill Route; 8:05 pace.&nbsp; Light rain.&nbsp; Clipped along today, especially miles 3, 4 and 5.&nbsp; Still not entirely pain free in the right foot, but better every day.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-13-2018.html <p>Goodwill Route with an extension down Skead Road; 8:20 pace.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 12, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-12-2018.html <p>Goodwill Route; 8:19 pace.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-10-2018.html <p>Goodwill Route; clipped along at an 8:11 pace.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Things seem to be healing up; right shin is no longer sore and the right foot nerve damage is less painful every day.&nbsp; A new, rather annoying issue in the left Perroneal area.&nbsp; More tightness than soreness - keeping on eye on it, and not going to push my mileage just yet.</p> <p>Oh, did 3 striders!&nbsp; Not far - just 20 or 30 yards each.&nbsp; Still - nice to do some speed for a change.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 08, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-08-2018.html <p>Goodwill Route; 8:33 pace.&nbsp; 4C/39F with a light rain.</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians (91 showing on the Blog list, but I think I&#39;m the only one left blogging).&nbsp; More turkey for me, eh?</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 06, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-06-2018.html <p><strong>Okay, let&#39;s just put it out there</strong>:&nbsp; running a Half today, exactly 3 weeks after my 100 mile Ultra, was just plain <strong>stupid</strong>.&nbsp; Mea Culpa.&nbsp; In my defense, I signed up a while back without thinking it through clearly.&nbsp; In Canada, most races are held on Sundays, so I have to book a holiday to run them.&nbsp; It seems Americans have most of their races on Saturdays.&nbsp; Not sure, but I think you folks respect the Lord&#39;s Day a lot more than we do up here.</p> <p>Anyway, this is one of those rare Saturday races, and just a 3 1/2 hour drive from here.&nbsp; So, I decided to run it as slow as I could, just for the fun of it.&nbsp; I actually paced this race 4 years ago; I think I paced it at 1:55, which is basically what I ran it at today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Perfect day for it:&nbsp; started off at 8C/47F and rose to about 11C/52F.&nbsp; Light wind and cloudy, although the sun came out towards the end.</p> <p>My right foot still aches from the Ultra (top of foot - nerve injury), and my right shin is still tender.&nbsp; So, I decided to aim for about a 2 hour race, and tried to run as much of it as possible on the gravel shoulder.&nbsp; That worked:&nbsp; when I ran there, no shin pain.&nbsp; On the pavement, a different story.</p> <p>I found it SO HARD to hold back and keep my pace slow.&nbsp; However, at about mile 2, a man (Will) runs up beside me and we start talking.&nbsp; Continued for the next 10 miles.&nbsp; Turns out, he ran the Dopey Challenge this year.&nbsp; In fact, he was wearing one of the race shirts.&nbsp; So, we talked about that, and kept on talking about anything and everything.&nbsp; I felt he was pushing me a bit faster than I would have liked, but I think the reverse may have been true.&nbsp; He hadn&#39;t run since January, and he was struggling to keep pace towards the end.&nbsp; At mile 12, I had enough of this holding back.&nbsp; I was not breathing hard, and had not cracked a sweat.&nbsp; So, I picked it up and ran the last mile hard.&nbsp; Well, actually just at 7:06 pace, but it felt good to move faster.</p> <p>Most of my mile splits were in the 8:45 range, which felt extremely comfortable.&nbsp; I was worried I was going to do more damage to my foot and shin, but I don&#39;t think I did.&nbsp; So, I&#39;m glad I went and am happy with the way the race unfolded.</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 03, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-03-2018.html <p>Goodwill Route; 8:43 pace.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 02, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-02-2018.html <p>Goodwill Route; 9:07 pace.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 29, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-29-2018.html <p>3 miles easy; 9:16 pace.&nbsp; Goodwill Route.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 28, 2018 http://theotokos.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-28-2018.html <p>It has only been 12 days since my Ultra, so this was more of a &#39;show me&#39; run, to see what still hurt.</p> <p>Just a 9:35 pace on the Goodwill Route.</p> <p>No surprise about the top of my right foot.&nbsp; The swelling there finally subsided earlier this week, but it still hurts.&nbsp; I think it&#39;s nerve damage from the foot pressing up against the shoe, because I&#39;ve had weird burning sensations in my right quad since Tuesday, and it only makes sense that it&#39;s related to the nerve.&nbsp; I think that will take some time to heal.</p> <p>The surprise was my left upper leg - mostly hamstrings I guess.&nbsp; Not terrible, but still feeling it there.</p> <p>And that&#39;s basically it.&nbsp; I&#39;m planning on racing in Collingwood a week from tomorrow (dumb, I know, but I don&#39;t get to race very often on Saturdays when I don&#39;t have to book a replacement for myself).&nbsp; Anyway, it will be a very slow Half Marathon.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, after going back and forth like, forever - I decided to run the Dopey Challenge at Disney in January.&nbsp; So, I&#39;m registered, I have a plane ticket, and I&#39;ve even rented a car.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond that, I&#39;ve also decided to run a few more Ultras next year, and maybe beyond.&nbsp; But more on that later.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 06:00:00