With our Team Training Camp this weekend coach had me do my long run last night. With the loss of our dear friend Perry I dedicated each mile of this run to him.
My instructions from coach was to run this real easy…9:45 pace per mile. The theory was to keep the legs fresh for three days of riding this weekend. So I mapped a 1.4 mile loop that I would complete 6 times. I normally NEVER would do this many loops of a course but I was trying to keep it safe and close to the Sports Club where I would then complete an upper body strength session following the run.
Here are the numbers:
First loop: 8:12 avg pace
Second loop: 8:05 avg pace
Third loop: 8:16 avg pace
Forth loop: forgot to hit lap button on watch
Fifth loop: forgot to hit lap button on watch
Six loop: finished with an overall run time of 1:06:02 (avg pace overall 8:15)
Now let me mention something about the second loop. I received a “warning” that I needed to possibly find a bathroom but ignored it. Once the alarms really went off again I practically sprinted to a set of restrooms located at a park I would pass. NO FREAKING TOILET PAPER in the woman’s restroom. This sent me into a panic mode and after making the decision to check the men’s restroom for paper I very quickly relieved that the bathroom was occupied. Remember that I was in panic mode and all clear thinking is non-existent. So I leave there and spot one more set of restrooms across the parking lot. Do I run? Do I walk? The toilet paper GODS were watching over me and there on the roll was barely enough paper. HOLY COW that was close.
So back to my pace…To be honest I never did the math in my head to realize that I was way off the prescribed pace. I just got lost in the loops thinking on our friend. On my way home from the gym I called my oldest son and we began talking more about the Half Marathon on his Marine base that takes place in ONE WEEK. March 27th. This is going to be a pretty cool race for the both of us!