Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Town limits

So two weeks ago Alex and I decided to train for the Seashore Nature Trails 50k in Virginia Beach. Needless to say my race schedule has changed a bit and now we are on what might be called an "excelled" schedule to running 31.1 miles by December 19th. We laid out a training schedule that consists of two long endurance runs a week with three shorter speed runs in between totaling 5 running days per week.

Our two endurance runs this week are 16 milers, nothing you can do inside the town of Blacksburg without doing multiple loops. So we decided to venture out into southwest Virginia. We got a start around 5:30 and headed out down Mt. Tabor Road to do an 8 mile loop in the country around town. This first half of the run went a bit smoother and also had quite a bit of elevation change, overtraining us for a race that will essentially be flat.

In Alex's words, "everything was poetic" during the first part. The last 4 miles of the run for us was essentially a battle to stay alive. I guess thats the difference between 12 and 16 miles. In the running world you could say, we hit a WALL. A great accomplishment to break through it not having stopped once and finishing in just about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Lets be honest though, we had the motivation of rehydration at Tots Tuesday to keep us going.

Total on the day - 16 miles
Time - 2 hours 45 mins
Shoutouts - Alex for doing something he's never done
- The guy that always runs by us with blinking lights going absurdly fast

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