I guess I should do some sort of recap for last month. I was hoping to get my miles closer to 100 for September. Didn’t really get there, only 70, but I have been putting in some solid runs. I just need to not skip so many. At this point I’m basically in maintenance mode for the Freep. Not much I can do that will improve my race. Just need to stay healthy and uninjured.
So what’s one thing you shouldn’t do to risk injury? Maybe turn your 12 mile run into a 16 mile run? Well that’s exactly what I did last week at the Hanson’s training run. Hanson’s Running Shops put on several 16 mile training runs each Fall. One of them happens to be two miles from my house. I showed up to the store and immediately spotted Jon. He was by himself today and as I looked around to see who else was there, I realized it was just me and Jon.
It was a decent turnout. I’d say at least 30 people. Not bad considering the Brooksie Way Half was that day. So Jon and I set out for our run. Having someone to talk to really helps the miles fly by. Before I knew it,we reached mile 6. I didn’t feel like turning around and running the second half of my planned 12 alone. I was feeling good and so I decided I would rather run 10 more miles with Jon than 6 more miles alone.
My only real concern was my decision to wear my Skoras. This 12 mile run was already going to be the furthest I had ever gone in them. Now it was going to be 16. I love wearing my Skoras, but my feet just aren’t calloused enough yet to run in them over pavement for that long. The balls of my feet were started to get sore by mile 13. We ran the last mile at race pace (9:00 min/mi) and finished the 16 miles in 2:42 – an average 10:07 pace. Yes, Jon and I have the same race pace goal of 9:00. The difference is that Jon, who is twice my age, is racing the full at that pace. That’s just incredible to me. It was also one of the random thoughts from my previous post. I hope to be still running marathons in 30 years.
So that was the last long run of September. Today was the first long run of October. It was pouring rain all night and morning. Right up until I left the house around 7. The weather was great for running: Overcast, 69°, light rain and a slight breeze.
I chose to run in the Skoras again. I figured the weather was perfect for them. The rain never picked up like I was expecting, but there were plenty of puddles. Too many to dodge them all. About halfway through my run, I turned down one of my favorite roads to run on in Grosse Pointe. It’s a tree filled street with sidewalk splitting the median and brick archways at the intersections. Some of the trees have begun to change color and drop leaves, making the street even nicer.
I ended up getting 11.6 miles in, which was fine by me. I went out not knowing if I would get 10. My pace was under 10:00 which I think is a good sign for Detroit. I’m starting to think going sub 2 for Detroit is possible. I’m not trying to beat last month’s Romeo 2 Richmond time, but if I can, I’ll be ecstatic.
So anyways that’s my month. I’m glad October is here. As a baseball fan October is MLB playoffs and the Tigers are making a run for the pennant and I couldn’t be happier. I just don’t understand why game 3 has to be at 1pm on work day.
Go get’em, Tigers!