I did it. I completed the Army Ten Miler for the second straight year in a row. This time was much more challenging than last year mostly due to my lack of sticking to a training schedule. Despite my best efforts to post here in order to force myself to run more frequently – work, school, sleep, TV, and basically anything trumped training days. This time around I only ran 136.6 miles over 22.4 hours in 6 months. The breaks in the chart below is when I was lazy.
Unlike last year, the weather was brutally hot. You know you’re in for a long day when you’re hot before you even start running. Last year the temperature was nice and cool, almost cold, which is good because you heat up a ton over the course of 10 miles. Unofficially, I finished in 103 minutes, which works out to be 10:18 per mile. Not great, since last year I finished in ~95 mins, but I was just happy to finish at all. Unfortunately one person didn’t make it through the oppressive heat and passed away at GW Hospital. You can read about that here.
Right now, I’m not sure if I’m up to running it three times in a row. I have 6 months to sit around, get fat and decide later I suppose.
Update: Official Results are in – 92:56 total time!
Yeah, that’s right, weeks 19 through 25. When I started writing this running log, I had exactly 26 weeks to get ready for the Army Ten Miler. Time has flown by, and this time I wasn’t nearly as disciplined in training as I was last year. The training this time around has been pretty pathetic. I’ve had moments this past week where I thought I’d just give my bib to a friend to run, but after three good runs this past week, I’m just going to suck it up and run. It’s really going to suck, and I’ll want to quit at the 2 mile mark, the five mile mark, and every mile until I’m done, but it should be an interesting mental and physical challenge. I’m really going to be relying on a rare spike in adrenalin from the excitement of running with 26,000 other people around DC. A couple more runs during the week, and then the big race on Sunday. Wish me luck!
[week 19-25 of 26]
- Runs: 8
- Distance: 30.1 miles
- Time: 307 minutes (10.2 minutes/mile)
Total Stats (25 weeks total):
- Total Runs: 38
- Total Distance: 121.6 miles
- Total Time: 19.9 hours (9.8 minutes/mile)
Finally a breakthrough in my running schedule. I set a goal of 10 miles last week, and I’m glad to say that I met that mark. I ran a total of 11 miles this week in three sessions, the longest run being 5 miles. It went easier than I anticipated. Physically I wasn’t tired or hurting after each run. It has become more a matter of available time, my patience level of running for >45 minutes at a time, and also my dang left earbud won’t stay put in my ear. I’m going to have to get different headphones for my iPod Shuffle just for running. If anyone out there has recommendations for good running headphones, let me know.
Now onto stats that aren’t totally pathetic:
[week 18 of 26]
- Runs: 3
- Distance: 11 miles
- Time: 104 minutes (9.5 minutes/mile)
Total Stats (18 weeks total):
- Total Runs: 30
- Total Distance: 91.5 miles
- Total Time: 14.8 hours (9.7 minutes/mile)
Only one run this week (3.25 miles), but got to play golf twice and even see a Nat’s game. I played OK on Friday despite it being about 95 degrees and much better on Sunday with my family when it was only 90, but horribly humid. I’ve been busy this week gathering paperwork for my upcoming trip to India (more on that later) as well as registering for my first semester of classes and ordering books (what am I getting myself into?!). My goal this week is 10 miles…I’ll let you know how it goes.
Finally got a couple runs in, but nothing substantial at this point in what my training should be. The good news about this post is that I survived my skydive to even post at all. I’ve posted some pictures from before and after the jump at Skydive Orange and I’m also working on ripping the video off the DVD to post onto YouTube, so check back for that soon.
[week 16 of 26]
- Runs: 2
- Distance: 5.95 miles
- Time: 57 minutes (9.6 minutes/mile)
Total Stats (16 weeks total):
- Total Runs: 26
- Total Distance: 77.2 miles
- Total Time: 12.5 hours (9.7 minutes/mile)
This must be the slump in my training routine and this has turned more into a week in review rather than running log I intended it to be. I didn’t even run 1 mile last week, and only 2 miles this week. To my defense I have been busy at work and traveling all over the place on the weekends. Camping and white water rafting last weekend, drove almost the furthest you can go while staying in Virginia (to Grundy, VA) this weekend, and next weekend, I’ll be headed down to Orange, VA for the day to jump out of a plane with my sister. More pictures from that later this week. Panoramic ones. Hope you’re not tired of them yet… 😉
It’s a little hot to be running outside, but i braved the elements one day for a 3.6 mile run around the block. I sound like a broken record, but my training hasn’t been too disciplined as there are just so many other things that I’m getting into recently.
[week 13 of 26]
- Runs: 2
- Distance: 6.6 miles
- Time: 64 minutes (9.7 minutes/mile)
Total Stats (13 weeks total):
- Total Runs: 23
- Total Distance: 69.3 miles
- Total Time: 11.3 hours (9.7 minutes/mile)
- Max Weight Loss: 6 lbs