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Half Marathon Training Week Six (7/13/2010) Easy 2 miles

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ya, I can run faster but I choose to ~TRAIN TO RACE NOT RACE TO TRAIN~

Today's stats:

EARLY morning
Clear skies
69 degrees
wind W 3 MPH
93% humidity
67F dewpoint

Easy Run 2 miles
13:29 AP

3 miles ( forgot it was just 2 miles oops)
Time 38:14 (no intervals)
12:45 AP
260 calories burned
142 av bpm HR
168 max bpm HR

1) 13:05 (144)
2) 12:30 (141)
3) 12:40 (141)

Shoe mileage: 281 miles

This was yet another enjoyable easy run to the point where I had forgotten the scheduled run was an easy 2 mile run and I took it out another mile. Oops my bad. It was very humid but that is the norm anymore and it doesn't even phase me now. It is also second-natured to run 3 miles without even thinking about taking it to a walk and if memory serves me, I can run 4 miles straight through. I wonder what another year of running will do. Hmmmm...stay tuned on that one.

I am now starting to look ahead at my next personal goal and that is my first stab at the 36th running of Bix 7 July 24. This is a great and very popular race that has drawn notable elite runners over the years. The race course is very challenging as the description even states "severe hills" The first one is at the beginning and is about a 7 to 9% grade, or 4 to 5 degrees, for around one third of a mile. There is another hill from he!! It is almost an unwritten requirement here in the Quad Cities that if you run, you run Bix. Last year I had just started running and was not even remotely close to taking on the challenge. This year I am going to experience running Bix along with almost 20,000 fellow runners and walkers. I am very nervous.

Bix 7 Race Course...note the grades

This race will serve as my long run that weekend since it is 7 miles long and along with my warmup and cool down, that will make the 9 miles that is scheduled for my long run that week. That will be perfect although I may run this race a tish faster than my normal long run pace. I will just see how it is going during the race and make any necessary adjustments.

This week is the speedwork du joir on Thursday and we shall see what Kelley drums up for our weekly torture session LOL. Friday is an easy 2 mile recovery run and Sunday is a 9 mile long run and that will end week 6 of HM training.

Until then...


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    I am doing the bix also- my daughters will be at the starting line with my in-laws volunteering...
    3927 days ago
    Had to get over here & check up on my buddie again to be sure she's behaving herself. I know I know, that's no fun at all!!! LOL

    You're burnin' up those streets BABAY & rockin' your runs!! lol on the oopsies in life! Bet that 3rd mile felt better than the first, who can blame ya!

    VERY proud of you as always and TRUST ME, you'll be absolutely AMAZED at where you are next year! WOO HOO!! And I'll be there celebrating with you!

    Look out BIX, you bad boy!! Laurie's comin' full steam ahead to whoop you!!
    3927 days ago
    Aw, too bad. I love those 2 milers. Ran one myself today. Well, 2.2 anyway.

    I forgot the Bix was coming up. Good luck with it.
    3928 days ago
    Who cares about humidity -- I'll bet you didn't even break a sweat!
    That race looks like a lot of fun!
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    3928 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    That race sounds just perfect if you dont overdo it!!! nice steady heart rate this morning - i havent mastered that quite yet!
    3928 days ago
  • CAROLYN1213
    You are doing an amazing job! Be careful on that 7 mile race! It's hard to stay in a training run mentality during a race. The dynamics are just so variable. The drive and desire to do my best always kicks in and it delays my recovery for my next training run. I will have a half marathon one month before a full marathon. So, I really have to discipline myself to not push a race pace for that half marathon.
    3928 days ago
    Laurie - I am so impressed by your progress. You are doing an awesome job. I am still hoping to be running the Princess and meet you and Coach Nancy too. I won't be up to your ability, but if I end up doing it - I will give it 100%. I love your attitude with your runs NO WORRIES. I am trying to adopt that attitude also.
    3928 days ago
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