Wow, it’s been over two weeks since my last update. Things have been a little crazy at work lately, but it looks like they might slow down a little bit now moving into the last three weeks of marathon training – a really good thing. My mileage has been really inconsistent, but I’ve been feeling pretty good. No ailments or nagging pains.
Here is an update on a few of my longer runs in past couple of weeks:
On Monday September 3rd (Labor Day) I met a group of runners from Capella in St. Paul and ran the last 7 miles of the Twin Cities Marathon course out and back for a total run of 14 mile. I averaged around a 9:20 pace – not great, but not bad – but I was struck with a bout of stomach problems at about mile 12. Lucky for me there was a grocery store with a bathroom close by…
Here is the course we ran:
Last Sunday (September 9th) I ran about 13.5 miles and felt pretty good. It wasn’t the distance I was really looking for (I should have been running about 16 – 20 miles), but I felt pretty good despite the cold windy day. No stomach problems in this run, but I didn’t drink ANYTHING either. Is that good or bad? I’m not sure yet.
Here is my route:
Bear Water Run – 2007 – 20 Mile
date: Sep 15th, 2007
location: White Bear Lake, MN
Finally, Saturday I ran a 20 mile run in White Bear Lake. You can see a course map and stuff here. Here are my splits, keep in mind that this is a two lap run so mile 1 is the same as mile 11, mile 5 is the same as 15:
|Lap 1||Lap 2|
Here are the details from www.onlineraceresults.com:
number of finishers: 650
number of females: 330
number of males: 319
average time: 03:05:06
bib number: 227
location: Woodbury, MN
overall place: 346 out of 650
division place: 62 out of 96
gender place: 212 out of 321
10 mile: 1:29:05
gun time : 3:04:55
As you can see, overall I had a really good run. I feel like I executed my race plan perfectly, I wanted to keep my overall pace between 8:30 and 9:00 and stay comfortable. I was able, for the most part, to do that. My goal was to finish in under 3 hours. That would have put me on pace for a sub 4 hour marathon – which is my goal for this years Twin Cities Marathon. Everything went well with the exception of one little problem…
If you look at my splits, I was doing great – very consistent – even a little faster the second lap around. Then the s*%t hit the proverbial fan. Gastro-intestinal difficulties. I needed a bathroom. I spent miles 17, 18, and part of 19 in a desperate search for suitable facilities. I even contemplated using the woods or taking a dip in the lake – I was uncomfortable. Needless to say, it slowed me down quite a bit. If you look at the last 4 miles of the run (mile 16 is where I started to feel some twinges of discomfort) and set those last four mile back to the pace I’d been maintaining,I have been in about a full 5 minutes sooner.
I’ve done a little research and I think I can find a way to avoid this problem going forward, in the next few weeks I’m going to try a few things and see if they help.
Less than 3 weeks to go…