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  • 12 miles
  • 01:25 time
  • 06:58 pace
  • 1646 calories
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  • 3259 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 5/5 Effort.
    effort 5/5
great South Chagrin - What Goes Up, Must Come Down 12.19 mi 01:25 06:58 pace

Since I wrote a mid-term training report this morning - http://wp.me/pVkjc-4R - I figured I'd give myself a mid-term exam too. Since I took the weekend off, I wanted to make up the 12 miler I missed. Since I wanted to do it well, I slept in a bit (to 5:45). Since I have been doing a lot of hill work, I took on the hilliest route I know - South Chagrin Reservation. Since I've failed at my last two marathon pace efforts, I wanted to run this at a 7:00 pace. Not to boast, but I think I'll give myself an A on this one.
Really pushed the uphills, and there are some tough hills at the front- and back-end of this route. In particular, there is 100' of climb in the first mile (7:18) which I then turn around and run down for the second mile (6:45). Miles 3-5 give a cumulative 350' of climb (7:06, 7:08, 7:04) before gaining back 150' on mile 6 (6:40). Miles 7-9 are some gently rolling hills (6:51, 7:03, 6:56), before you pay for the mile 6 hill with 150' climb in mile 10 (7:37), and then you get rewarded with ~300' downhill through the last 2+ miles (6:43, 6:46, .19 at 5:51). The biggest challenge was not losing so much time on the mile 10 hill as to put the final pace goal out of reach, so I had to keep pushing there and focus on a quick recovery.
The weather even cooperated today - 65 degrees at the start, with the temperature rising 10 degrees during the run, but the humidity falling by 10% (to 55%). Very manageable, given what we have been facing.
Very happy with the way this one turned out, and also happy at how much I looked forward to giving it a go. I found Lam and Steven W's Queens Half Marathons and Megan S.'s, Alex's, and Brian A's San Francisco performances inspiring this weekend, helped me remember why we get up and do this. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/41917773

  • Kevin K.

    Very nice run.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Brendan M.
    Brendan M.

    Looks like you pace with flying colors - Nice Monday routine for you. I guess I should schedule my mid-term take home exam :)

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Jeanne B.
    Jeanne B.

    I am going to give you an A+

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Matt
    Matt

    Way to nail your pace goal. Nice work, Greg!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Teri S.
    Teri S.

    I think that's a fair grade! Awesome work.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Adamm9

    You get an 'A' from me. Great pace on tough hills!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Travis D.
    Travis D.

    Great job! You definitely deserve the A!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Sarita S.
    Sarita S.

    Definitely an A+

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Erin R.
    Erin R.

    Very strong run. Nice work on a Monday morning!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Linda
    Linda

    I was thinking A+ myself Greg. Super work and way to push on those hills. Two days of rest really paid off.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Jenny J.

    Amazing pace, Greg! Great job!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • James K.
    James K.

    Greg.. this is a great report! I dig the mile by mile pace reporting!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Rich W.
    Rich W.

    Great run, Greg! With the tweaks you're making to your training plan, you will be ready in Sept!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Running L.
    Running L.

    Fantastic run Greg! Congratulations on your successful pace run. Thanks for the shoutout and I find your blog and your pre-dawn running very inspiring too. I've transitioned over to mostly morning runs because of you. You are pretty awesome too!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy S.

    Great job on the pace there, wow! That's my favorite route to run despite, or perhaps because of, the hills. I haven't been able to run the front part for a few weeks while I'm avoiding big hills. I always thought the major hill for the first mile was the toughest of it but lately I've been noticing that the section around 422 and Harper Rd is almost just as severe.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Greg S.
    Greg S.

    Thanks all - @Lam, thanks for the compliment, I appreciate it greatly! @Jeremy, it's a tough call whether the hill that spans Harper or the one up to SOM Center is the hardest - they both keep going and going. I've run this course the other way, starting in Bedford, in the past to put the hills in the middle, but really wanted them up front (to fatigue me) and at the end (to test how I could handle a late hill) today.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Rob M.
    Rob M.

    Awesome run and report.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • John W.
    John W.

    Greg great run, way to kill those hills and meet your goal on the pace!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Chris D.
    Chris D.

    Great run Greg. Excellent pace on a difficult course.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Jim

    Great run Greg ... and nicely written self assessment. I have no doubt that you will stay very motivated.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Nancy M.
    Nancy M.

    Amazing!!!!!!!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Jenn D.
    Jenn D.

    Great Run !

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Susan D.
    Susan D.

    Wow, amazing run!!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Beep Beep
    Beep Beep

    Greg, you have a well planned out training schedule set, and I am sure you will achieve your 3 hour goal at Boston. Enjoyed reading your blog and your post. Monday morning exams are a great way to star the week! Hope you have a great one (Monday) and a great run! Oops...looks like you already did (have a great run).

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Elodie K.
    Elodie K.

    Way to come back from your break! I love the mid-term concept you used to focus your self-assessment!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Renee B.
    Renee B.

    Nice self-exam! Those are some tough hills. Your hard work is showing!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Stu A.

    Way to hid the Mark Greg! Nice pace and distance with difficulty. The judges give you a 9.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Bill R.
    Bill R.

    I see the rest this weekend paid huge dividends on Monday. With much needed rest and the weather conditions in your favor, I'm sure your confidence was high. Fantastic run!

    over 4 years ago Like