Saturday, February 09, 2008


I got it done. That's about all I can say. It wasn't pretty.

Time: 1:43:08. I think the pace was around 11:19.

Race Report: This won't be particularly exciting. I'm too tired to really think that much to make it amusing either. LOL!

I started out okay, trying to keep my pace even, yet realizing I have actually been running a little faster--and shorter--distances lately, so it was hard to get down to the pace I did the 8 on the 8th run. I also have been reading articles about not running every run at a plodding pace, so to mix it up a little I started out at 11:19 pace and every 10 minutes I threw in two minutes of surges at a 10:54 pace. Both still slow paces, but it was going to be my longest run in over a month and I just wanted to get through it. This actually went okay too, even though I was really getting tired by the time I reached 4.6 miles, but then the treadmill just decided to shut itself off. And it didn't give me the cool down 5 minutes some treadmills do, it just shut completely off. I think I wore it out. Oh great.

Fortunately no one else was at the gym, so I could freely move to another mill. This one, though, I knew would shut down at 30 minutes, but still give me another 5 minutes in cooldown, which I usually just bump the pace back up to keep the same pace instead. So I finished the next 35 minutes with the slow and then slower yet paces, but by the time I got to 7.5 miles, and the cool down was coming, I had mentally had enough. My toes were really hurting a lot, feeling numb and tingling actually, and since I have been plagued with this problem before, I knew it was best not to push it too much more. I have been doing too much treadmill running, which always leads to this problem.

So for the next 1.5 miles, I went to the elliptical. My pace on the elliptical is right about the same pace as my average run pace, but I did throw more surges in, mainly just to get done!

After that, my legs actually still felt pretty good, so I decided to trash them more by getting on the stationary bike and riding another 5.5 miles. Then I thought it might be a good idea to get in the pool, and did a half mile swim there, a reverse triathlon, for a total workout time of 2 hours 30 minutes. The pool actually felt really great by the time I got in. I did a leisurely 1/2 mile swim and still finished under 21 minutes. I think getting on the bike after the running helped too, because like I said, my legs actually don't feel too bad, just my toes.

Other than feeling like I'm in total slow motion today, I feel pretty good. Can't wait to hear how others have done today!


Marcy said...

AWESOME JOB CHICA!!! Especially having to jump from one machine to another LOL! Waaayy to go!!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Good job!!

I'm not sure I'll end up doing 9 on the 9th even tomorrow, so your pace beats my failure to launch!!

Sunshine said...


TriBoomer said...

Fab job, Vickie. The 9 on the 9th is a great event. Keep on training.

Stay tuned...

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh my, you just kept going and going and going to the next type of cardio. AWESOME job.

Thanks so much for joining in the fun. Sounds like it got you going for further than you might have gone which is so cool!!!!