Miles:
871 total / 0 in 2018
Goal:

To find and make time to get back in shape after a year of inconsistency. No race goals just yet, but I'd like to get back to tri's.

Art Stafford ran: Ick. I didn't get eno...

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  • 15 miles
  • 02:44 time
  • 11:20 pace
  • 2344 calories
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  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 3/5 Effort.
    effort 3/5
injured Long loop around town 14.5 mi 02:44 11:20 pace

Ick. I didn't get enough cals in before I left and I wanted to take it nice and easy (which I did). I mapped out a 15.8mi loop, but I had to stop and walk by 14.5. I walked the remainder because I would occasionally feel a pull on the outside of my left knee (uh-oh! I know what that is) and the top of my right ankle. The loop I took had some significant left slopes on long stretches which contributed. At the same time, the traffic was heavy on all the roads so I couldn't run closer to the middle at any point. I knew I was taking it slow, so I'm not disappointed in my pace, and I broke a distance record, so I can't be too upset about cutting it early. This "listen to your body" thing is tough.

  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey M.

    Art, that still counts. Congratulations on the new territory. I experienced something similar each time I pressed into new distance, especiallY after 13 miles. You're building a new endurance base, and it will continue to improve. Not too long ago, ├Łou couldn't have imagine covering that distance. Good job!

    over 8 years ago Like

  • Art S.
    Art S.

    So if I feel okay after a few days, should I retry this distance next week for my long run, cut back to my previous 13-miler, or do something differently? What do you think?

    over 8 years ago Like

  • Ange
    Ange

    Running for more than two hours is a great accomplishment! I'm so happy and a little jealous you got to do this! Were you carry any nutrition? Ya know you should be refueling on distances like that. Take care of yourself and get in a nice short recovery run this weekend and you'll be good as new.

    over 8 years ago Like

  • Ange
    Ange

    Art - may I suggest you put your question in a separate note so others can chime in... Of course Jeff knows his stuff, not suggesting he doesn't but it's good to get lots of input - some very knowledgeable people on here.

    over 8 years ago Like

  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey M.

    Art, I think that you should do the mileage increases in waves. That is, increase for three weeks, then step back for one. If your long runs have progressed each of the last three weeks, and this one was 15, then make next week's 12. Then try 16 or 17 the next week. I felt that building in that kind of recovery really helped me to build mileage during my training. Also, make sure you're refueling on those long runs. About every 50 minutes worked well for me.

    over 8 years ago Like

  • Matt
    Matt

    Nice run Art & very good comments Jeff. I found it was important to step back for a week every so often to let you body catch up with all the wear & tear you put on it.

    over 8 years ago Like

  • Jacky C.
    Jacky C. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Great job! You did awesome. Sorry about the injury. Hope you get better soon!

    over 8 years ago