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My longest run ever!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Now that I am officially registered for my first Half Marathon in September I have been thinking about true blue training. Now that I have been serious about it and running with a purpose I have a much better understanding the difference between the training runs. My schedule this week started with an LSD (outside) last Sunday for a total of 6.42 miles with an av pace of 12:40, Wednesday was what I consider my tempo run (outside) and that one was at my race pace and I actually ran a 5k in record time and that run was 4 miles with an av pace of 11:33. Friday I ran on the treadmill just to build mileage at an easy pace and that one was 5 miles. I did a great job of getting my scheduled running ST along with core work through the week and did not miss one workout. Yay me!

That brings me to today’s run and that was scheduled LSD and I was able to run it outside with my beloved Garmin. Since my long runs are extending beyond an hour I decided I had better take some fuel with me and I am glad I did. I also trucked a little bottle of water with me to wash down the Gu Chomps (experimenting). I hydrated well before the run so I didn’t haul a huge bottle of water with me.

I have also been pondering which training method I was going to use and after today’s run I decided to follow Jeff Galloway’s interval running. I dusted off my Gymboss and set it for 4:00/0:30 run/walk intervals and it actually felt perfect all through the run. It made the time go fast and I seriously could have run beyond my time and mileage but I know better.

With all of that out of the way, here are the stats of today’s long run:

Mile 1: 11:50 av pace
Mile 2: 12:03 av pace
Mile 3: 12:22 av pace
Mile 4: 12: 39 av pace
Mile 5: 12:48 av pace
Mile 6: 13:22 av pace
Mile 7: 12:57 av pace

Yep folks, that is a 7.40 mile run and it is my longest ever!! I burned 664 calories and this took me 1:33:33 for an av pace of 12:37. I am very proud of this run and felt so strong throughout ALTHOUGH I could tell after 50 minutes that I needed fuel. I had Gu Chomps on hand as I picked up several brands in various forms to try and see what I like. The Chomps were too big and they got stuck in my teeth but they did the job.

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It is truly amazing how my body is responding to all of the running ST and Candi the PT was so right on the money when she said my endurance would go through the roof. It has and I just marvel with what my body can do now. I also feel very blessed with having my very knowledgeable and supportive Spark friends to guide me along my journey. Thank you so much and all of you know who you are!!!

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Now, it’s a new week with a new running schedule and I shall continue on!!

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  • FELIXC
    That is AWESOME! Isn't it thrilling to do better than you've ever done before? I love that!

    Congratulations!
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  • DEEJ4FITNESS
    WOW!!! You take my breath away :)
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  • CHEPRBYTHEDOZN
    YEAH!!! You are on FIRE!!!!
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  • no profile photo CD3514403
    emoticon You will definitely be ready to run the 1/2 in September Laurie. I'm so jealous you have been getting outside. I really should, I know I would enjoy it so much more instead of the dreadmill but I've been having fun watching my shows and getting caught up and it does keep me on there if I have a longer show to watch.

    I think I'm going to try the 10 mile run over by Lake McBride this September instead of a 1/2 and of course I'll still do the bix. Do you plan on doing that?? Unless my Aunt's convince me into riding Ragbrai for the last day since they are the same day but I don't know about that!
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  • DACIUS
    WHOO HOO!!! your blog got me all amped up to go run. Way to go. Very strong run. I am so jealous of the Garmin.

    You need yourself a fuel belt.
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  • SLYTHERCLAW55
    Congrats, running buddy, on your longest run ever and great times too! WOOT! You are doing awesome, Laurie! I have been using Jeff Galloway's run/walk method and LOVE it. I can really keep on going and going without feeling exhausted. I'm also finding that now I have picked up my strength training and been more consistent with it, my endurance is generally a lot better. You'll have to let me know how fueling goes for you...I've been experimenting with that too trying to figure out what works best for me. I actually used jellybeans during my 8 mile run on Sunday! Anyway, YAY for running! You're going to rock your half! We both will!!!

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  • PAMAZON
    I loved catching up on your blogs about running. I too had my longest run yet on Sunday, 8 miles. Although I was relying on the trail-markers at a local park, as I have not upgraded to the Garmin. You have definitely given me the bug though, as a scientist I get all jazzy over data, graphs, etc.!!! I'm going to friend you since we seem to be running similar distances, it'll be nice to hear how you're doing! Oh, and I've been using Galloway's method since October, 1st time in my short running life that I've been injury free!!
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  • GRACEISENUF
    emoticon WAY TO RUN!!!

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  • TSTRAVIN
    Congratulations! That's awesome!
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  • LIGHTNINGRUNNER
    So jealous....I am trying to pre decide if the best way to approach LD running for me with this condition from now on will be Galloway. I may never again be able to run a straight 10 miler. I am so not wanting to deal with anything like this again.
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  • LOLA_98CHIC
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    Keep up the good work! My longest run so far has been 6 miles, and that just happened one day when I somehow had a lot of energy to burn. Guess I should start looking at training for my triathlon later this year too.

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  • CRYSBROWN1
    Great job on your long run! Curious about the ST tips from your PT too, I know it's important but it sounds like you are having amazing success!
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  • AUNTIE65
    Great Job!!! You are going to have a great race starting to think about it now. Have a good week!
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  • D_CLEM
    Great job! Isn't it nice to know when our our hard work is rewarded!
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  • 250STRONG
    Great job!
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  • IPA-RAY
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    What a great run! Smart planning and solid execution! You will do well in that half!
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    Awesome job! YOU will ROCK that half!!!
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  • HEALTHYELEPHANT
    Congratulations!!!! This is awesome!!! :)
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  • MARATHON_MOM
    Way to go AND a great big CONGRATS on your longest run ever! YOu will be so ready for you half!
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  • ANEWVERSIONOFME
    emoticon on your longest run yet!!!

    I can just feel your enthusiasm through your blog! I am also throwing the Galloway Method into my Half Marathon training plan. Some days I do 10:1 and then others I go with 3:1 (depending on how I feel that day).
    I also broke out the fuel belt this past weekend. It really comes in handy.

    I'm so proud of you!!!!



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  • JESSICAVZ1
    Hey lady! Great run! and WOW! Do you realize that you've run over half of what a half marathon is already? And you have months and months of training left to go! I was wondering if you could share some of your running ST tips from Candi. I'm going to keep up my ST after this cross-fit extreme class I'm taking, but I would like to tailor it to what I might need as a runner. If you've posted it somewhere else already I'd LOVE to know :D
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  • PRINCESSNURSE
    Congratulations! In addition to building endurance, long runs are great for building you morale and confidence
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  • ETTEZEUS
    congrats for registering for a HM! I think I do remember you posting it somewhere but my brain is a fog right now.

    I trained with the Jeff Galloway method for my first HM but when it came to to do it at the HM, I totally ignored my Garmin and ran without the walks.

    Way to go on your training.... and I'm so proud of you for ST-ing! I STILL struggle with that!
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  • BOBBYD31
    congrats and great job on you run. as gsmike said you HM is a long way away so you probably still should just work on base miles with out getting your miles too high. sometime in may would be a good time to follow a little more strict program. fueling- you should refuel before you need to, so every 20-30 min on runs over an hour and the same goes for hydrating, i can't remember exact number but about 3-4 oz every 20-30 min. cutback weeks are extremely important as you add miles, every 3rd week should be a 20-50% reduction depending on how you feel.
    you are doing great so keep up the good work.
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  • FITNESSFOODIE
    emoticon Yay for You! Great job!
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  • GSDMIKE
    Nice job Laurie. Didn't realize you were registered for a half. Maybe I missed that announcement, or maybe I'm just blocking. September is a long way off, so take your time. You don't need to add a mile every week, and don't forget to throw in those cutback weeks.
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  • THEFITNUTLIFE
    How awesome! You are doing a great job!!! Congrats and wishing you lots of continued success in your training.

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  • BILLALEX70
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    I'll tell you Laurie I don't like the blocks, cubes or chomps; whatever you want to call them. They constantly stick to your teeth and just always seem to be obtrusive; the complete opposite of what you want while running or biking. I much prefer gels; Hammer gel, GU brand or CarbBOOM!

    Great job on the run and some experimentation will find what fuel works for you.

    PS
    I think you missed a good basketball game while you were out today.
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  • TIGGER622
    How AWESOME!!! what a GREAT run!!! I love that you are so in tune with yourself, fueling on time and not overdoing it!!! GO YOU!!! I agree those chomps are too big! I LOVE the jelly belly sport beans, though I am not sure I need them. They sure are YUMMY!!! WAY TO GO! I am so proud of you!
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  • LUV4CHOCOLATE
    Great job!!! Very inspiring to me. emoticon
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  • LOREENYK
    Well Done
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  • MICHAELA2780
    That's awesome! I'm going to be signing up to run my first half this November. I can't wait to start running 6, 7, and more miles!

    Keep up the great work and good luck with your half in September!
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  • JCORYCMA
    What's so awesome about you is -- EVERYTHING! Even though I don't aspire to run a half (yet...), you inspire me to get out and RUN period. Your enthusiasm is infectious! You know, back in the day I used to think runners were geeks! Yeah! Ain't it GREAT being a geek!?!
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  • LIVE2RUN4LIFE
    This all looks great to me! You are going to be awesome in your race. But even better, you'll find that training can actually be fun and will certainly be empowering! The Galloway plan really does work. You'll be amazed at how your speed and endurance improves. Well, at least I was. But I still have my runner's high from today's run. If you ever visit Austin, you'll see why an old lady was excited about doing 10 min splits on Exposition Blvd (with 2/1 intervals, too).
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    Congrats on your longest run ever! Awesome job!
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  • DREAMRUNR
    Congrats you did an awesome great. I wish you continued success.

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  • MBSHAZZER
    GREAT JOB! It's always so exciting to reach new distances!
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  • JOPAPGH
    HOO!
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  • no profile photo CD2801676
    "I am very proud of this run and felt so strong throughout" ...
    You have good reasons to be proud of this run, and I am glad you felt strong ... 7.4 miles in February ... are you sure it is only a half you are running this fall. At this rate you will be ready to run a full - and no I am not trying to be funny.

    Well done. You should be proud of yourself.
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  • PASTORKATHY
    Congratulations!

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