Sunday, July 23, 2006
Chicago countdown: Week 14 complete, 90 days to go
I love this picture.. it's actually, no lifeguard, but to me it looks like you'll have no life if ya spend it sitting down..
I can't complain, the weather was fantastic this morning. A cool 16 degrees by the time I started the run and only 20 two hours later. I set out on my long run aiming for 24K (15 miles). Went east toward the Beaches along the water.
Only a few runners at 7 a.m., a bunch of cyclists and then, at the 5K mark, a massive group of people partying by the water, a massive sound system pumping techno. It helped wake me up.
Took some pictures at the halfway mark, including a shot of the city skyline from where I was (12K out) and a shot of the dock and the lifeguard shot above.
I'm doing my long run pacing by using my heart rate monitor, not letting my heart get up to the 80% range. As a result, I feel like i'm running much slower than I'd like to train at, but it's good, cause after my run, I actually don't feel really tired. I ran the first 21K (13 miles) in 1:54, which is about 10 minutes slower than I'm used to training for the half marathon and 20 minutes slower than my best racing times for that distance. Well, as the mileage creeps up, I guess I shouldn't be comparing my 13 mile pace to a 26 mile pace...
Week was good, this is my highest mileage since the training began, and i'm finally over 40 miles. My highest mileage week was way back in April when I did 76K (47 miles).
Only three months to go! This training is going by pretty fast.
Weekly total: 71K (44 miles)
Time run this week: 6:16:32
Year to date: 1,361.5K (846 miles)
Marathon training to date: 309.5K (192 miles)