Monday, September 04, 2006

16 miles--4 hours 4 minutes

I'm pretty happy with Saturday's 16. My sis has been really worried about having to do the whole marathon, breaks and all in less 7 hours (16 minute miles). She really cranked it up for Saturday's run.

Instead of stopping the Garmin during potty breaks, long stretches, stop-lights, and even a long 5 minute stretch-powerbar eating brake, I just let the Garmin tick off the minutes. This is something I never did.

We started off with our standard 5 minute walk and then ran the first 3 1/2 miles before settling into our run/walk intervals. We decided to try doing Four/Twos instead of Three/Twos because sis found it really hard to transition so frequently. It worked well! We both actually found that it felt about the same or even a bit easier.

Around the 9th mile, I started feeling a bit stiff and started getting the ITB pain in both legs. The biofreeze helped quite a bit, but I really felt the pain around mile 12. I switched to Race-Walking. I remember a runner friend in high-school telling me that race-walking is all about the hips. I had still had lots and lots of hip action left so I put it in gear. Sis was slowing down at this point and I found that I could still race-walk at about 14 minute mile--with NO pain. Sis found that slow running was easier than race-walking so I just let her set the pace and I used my hips to keep up with her.

At the end of the run we both felt like we could go on longer--even maybe a lot longer.

We finished in 4 hours 4 minute...and like I said this included all the stretching, potty, and eating breaks--Just like a real marathon. Sis didn't realize that our walking breaks are pretty 19 minute miles (when she has her way). She vows to keep that in mind and walk a bit faster next week.

This week is a recovery week, so we'll be doing 12 on Saturday. We are going to do our 5 minute warm-up walk before we start our run and go around 4 or 5 miles before we slide into intervals. Depending on how we feel at that point, we may try doing Five/Twos.

I was only a little sore the next day and today I'm feeling great. I'll post my new ITB strategy next time.


Blogger Wanna-be 5k-er said...

That is GREAT you made it through 16 miles in that time!!! Great idea leaving the Garmin on during the breaks, too. I bet you both feel better about getting through the marathon in time, right???


4:00 AM  
Blogger runnergirl said...

Way to go on the 16 miles. I'm sure you will be fine on race day!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Kurt said...

Awesome girl! I am so proud of you. Keep at it. Your going to do so great at the marathon.

6:00 PM  
Blogger teacherwoman said...

Wow! 16 miles! Pat yourself on the back! Feels good I am sure! Sounds like you will definitely be ready for the race come the big day!

7:19 PM  
Blogger sunshine said...

Great job! The second day is always the ones that bites me, so glad to hear that you were only a little sore the next day and perfectly find the second day.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Firefly's Running said...

Way to go! You did it!!

10:36 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

Great going on your 16 miler. Yep, leaving on the Garmin during breaks will give you a better idea of what to expect when the big day comes. I so wanted to do that particular marathon but it was already sold out when I checked into it months ago. Maybe next year.

Good job on your training!

3:19 PM  

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