The Good, the Bad and the Ugly   Leave a comment

“We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.”

– Robert Edward Lee, 1807 – 1870

My run yesterday was good… bad… and ugly

17 mi in 2:45


Started with Kara… ran the first 1.5 miles with her.

Mile 1 – 11:24
Mile 2 – 10:04

Ran the next 5 backwards from Kara on the same loop… I tried something different each time we passed to make her laugh…. she only laughed once… at my ballet moves.

Mile 3 – 8:46
Mile 4 – 8:43
Mile 5 – 8:57
Mile 6 – 8:39
Mile 7 – 8:35

I did not really hold anything back during the backwards loops… just trying to run 4 loops to Kara’s 3.

We slowed for Gel/water after we linked back up

Mile 8: 10:40

I stopped to tie my shoe during the next mile and chased Kara for most of it. She had a really good day yesterday (10 @ 10:30)

Mile 9 – 9:12 (due to the auto pause feature of my Garmin)

Kara stopped at 10 and during her last mile or so she cranked it up…. I started feeling puny.

Miles 10 & 11 ~9:40

At the house (somewhere during this time) I stopped a minute to swap shirts and get a drink


At this point I’m on my own and free to run my own pace…. Hard to get going again….

Mile 12 – 9:53

Picked it up on Mile 13 for a 9:07 but my entire left leg is starting to burn… I can feel that I’m running like a crab and dragging my left leg…

Mile 14 is a 9:31 and I’m seriously contemplating going straight home so as not to injure myself further I actually come to a complete stop and start to head home… but…. Masey and Kendall were at one of their friends house on the back side of the loop and I wanted to see/talk to them again….


Mile 15 I’m just trying to keep it together…. arguing with myself about finishing the loop or cutting straight for home.

Mile 16 I know that I’m cooked and fooked…. it’s a 10:43…. I turned for home.

Mile 17 is just getting home…. it took 11:36 and I would have walked but… I did not… why? Because I wanted to write 17 in my training log instead of 16.x… silly I know but…. that’s what I did….

Today I feel okay but… a little worried.

Maybe my hamstring problems are caused by the bike… We rode for 1.5 hours on Saturday.. I think my seat might be too high…

Or… maybe it’s just that I’m tired and over-trained… it’s the 19th and I have already run 104 miles this month.

I think that I’m just going to take it really easy until Thursday and see how that works out.


Posted January 19, 2009 by cowartm in Uncategorized

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