Tue: Zero Miles. Again, I had my running gear at the office to take off after work and put in 5-10 miles. Then it rained and got really windy. I got really wimpy and rode home. My plans to get 50 miles in for the week took another hit.
Wed: 7 at 7:29 pace, AvgHR 156. Yes! I left work and ran 2 miles home, then picked up Parsenn and ran another 5. Finally! I'm really starting to like Garmin Connect, too (if only the pages would load faster! It's as if I have dial-up. Okay, it's not that slow. Does anyone still have dial up? If so, I can't even imagine the dedication it must take to write long but hilariously entertaining posts and comments. Yikes.) Anyway, back to Garmin Connect. As you can see here, there are 5 spikes in my pace over 10 minute miles. The first, very large spike is when I arrived home and pick up Parsenn. I actually entered the place in the front door, got Parsenn, and exited the back door, with the 405 picking it up the entire way. I never stopped the watch either after learning that if I do, then it automatically starts downloading the info from the run and screws up my continuation of the run. The second spike is Parsenn pooping. You'll see a pattern here. The third spike? Parsenn pretending to poop so as to gain a little rest to stare at the geese in the river. The 4th spike occurred waiting to cross a street. Yes, there are busy streets occasionally here. Finally, the 5th spike is me stopping, (Parsenn took this opportunity to pop a squat once again)then realizing I had only run 6.89 miles and then continuing on, running in a circle, to get up to 7 miles.
Thu: 11 Miles at 7:28 pace, 159 AvgHR. I was hoping to run 15 miles, but my hamstrings and calves are still sore from the speed work last weekend, and considering I'm running a marathon this weekend, I figured I'd cut it a bit shorter. I still want to get in 50 miles this week, so we'll see about some Parsenn Pace (although that pace isn't really that slow anymore) tomorrow or some real leisure running on Sunday. We shall see.
I really don't know how to approach this event. It's got relatively flat rails-to-trails pavement with a chunk of Ice Age Trail in the middle:
"The Marathon course covers approximately four miles of city streets and sidewalks, 15 miles of improved trails (including the Glacial Drumlin Trail), and 7 miles of the Ice Age Trail. Miles 10 through 16 are extremely rugged. Except for the Ice Age Trail, the trail is subject to only gentle grades. Marathon turn-around is the top of the 40' Lapham Peak tower, where you will run up the tower, Ring the Bell, You're half the way home, the highest point in Waukesha county, with spectacular views of the surrounding like country. The Marathon has a 5.5-hour cut-off. Net climb on the way out is 438 feet; the net drop on the way back is 438 feet. Aid stations will be located at intervals between 3 and 4 miles, with a bag drop at the third aid station (behind Saxe's Restaurant). An annual or daily Wisconsin State Park sticker is needed to park at the Lapham Peak Tower. Crew access availability at aid stations."(Sidenote: WTF is with this gap in the post up there ^? I give up trying to fix it. And WTF is with "Compose?" I get "Edit HTML." But "Compose?") (Sidenote to sidenote...fixed?) When I ran this event in '07, I witnessed several runners skip the "run up the tower and ring the bell" portion of the course. They simply re-stocked at the aid station at the base of the tower and then took off back down the trail. I paid for that d@mn tower, and I will ring the bell in the middle. Also in '07, I rolled my ankle BAD coming back down from the tower and had a relatively MISERABLE second half of the run, finishing in 3:47. Regardless of how I decide to pace myself (I'm a big fan of the negative split), I'm hoping to be done in less than 3:30...perhaps even less than 3:20?
We shall see! Look for an update on Saturday!