Thursday, February 9, 2012

11 Miles & Crashing

I failed.
Yesterday I made my second attempt at running 13 miles – training for a Half Marathon.  I can do 10 pretty easily now, usually once or twice a month so 13 seems so doable, and yet the first time I set out to do it I fell apart around 9. Go figure. Yesterday, I made it over the 10 mile hump and up to 11 before running out of steam.  The more I think about it, the less I think I care if I can run 13 miles. Maybe that’s just the voice of defeat in my ear from yesterday. Maybe tomorrow I will feel like it’s the most important thing I have to do. Fact is, I don’t even know anymore how this particular mission became a mission for me. Talking with other runner’s perhaps? Might be time to let it go and just run my 10 milers for the fun of it.

The picture shows part of my route - which is essentially a stretch of what around here we call the Towpath Trail. I ran right through this very spot yesterday, minus all the warm green colors.

Here are the numbers pulled from my Garmin ...
Distance: 11.10 mi
Time: 2:05:56
Avg Pace: 11:21 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 127 ft
Calories: 2,037 C
Time: 2:05:56
Moving Time: 2:05:11
Elapsed Time: 2:05:56
Avg Pace: 11:21 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 11:17 min/mi
Best Pace: 8:45 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 127 ft
Elevation Loss: 146 ft
MinElevation: 694 ft
MaxElevation: 881 ft

Anyway, I would like to thank the following bands for helping me hit 11 yesterday.

Sisters of Mercy
The Cure
Black Eyed Peas
Tom Waits


  1. I bet if you ran for the fun of it you could make that 13 miles.

  2. maybe, but if I was going to run for fun I would have to run naked and that would be too disturbing for people and wildlife alike : )

    seriously, it is almost mid February and today feels like our first REAL day of winter; truly cold as hell, lots and lots of snow, and big mean wind - hard to think of running period let alone for fun, but tomorrow I am strapping on the yak trax and banging out 5