Saturday, October 3, 2009

HM Time Trial

Sunny skies, cool temps (50's), very windy, I headed for the track with the goal of 12 MP miles. I decided to simulate the marathon. So I pretended it was race day. I lined up about in the middle and took off in control. I had my water bottle, my gels, and my goal...to knock off as many MP miles as possible! Ultimately, I decided to make this run a HM time trial. It helped motivate me to push for the half. Here are the splits-9:18, 8:52, 8:44, 8:56, 9:02, 8:50, 8:51, 8:41, 8:45, 8:39, 8:45, 8:49, 8:46, -total time: 1:55:52/ 8:51's/ 13.1 miles.
I took a gel every thirty minutes per Spirit Flowers suggestion...worked real good! Drank early and often, worked good. Felt like I still had a few miles in the tank. I got my 12 MP miles! Next week I hope for 14 and then the taper! 51.12 miles this week! That's a PR for me.
Well the day is just beginning! Sandy and I will go run errands in Ozark, the off to Branson for a show and some shopping. Hope your Saturday has been a good one. I'm pulling for all of you that are racing tomorrow!! Best of Luck! Peace!

12 comments:

Meg Runs said...

Wow, that's a lot of gu. I'm not sure I could do that but perhaps I should give it a try!

DawnB said...

very nice Mark, gosh I wish I could stick to MP in a training run like that, just don't happen anymore. Nice Job and good luck next week.

Coachhrd said...

Cool and windy here in Des Moines too.

rob horton said...

sounds like a solid confidence building run! good job mark.

Running, kind of. said...

Wow! Those mile times are amazing! Is that truly your marathon pace? that is the pace I am shooting for to do my half!

Question, how in the world to you keep up with the number of laps you have done! I always imagine you taking a tiny pebble out of your pocket, 52 times, and placing it on a bench. Ha! I know it is ridiculous to think of you running with a pocket full of pebbles...

Amanda

Michael Sally said...

Great. Looks like you got into a pace slowly and did not take it out too fast in the first mile.

Enjoy the taper!!!!

Jamie said...

Great HM time trial! And on a track nonetheless! Keep up the excellent training.

Mark said...

Amanda,
I just let the Garmin track miles. Yeah, those splits are a little fast but it's where I naturally like to run.

lindsay said...

is this on a standard 400m track? if so, you are a little crazy for running that many laps ;)

nice run; excellent splits! congrats on the weekly mileage pr!

Mark said...

Hey, Lindsey, I am totally crazy!! It was on a standard 400m track! :)

Marci said...

Great job with your trial HM!! Super fast.

Marlene said...

Great run (look at all those sub-9:00s!) and a great week. Congrats Mark!

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