Saturday, August 05, 2006

6 miles and I didn't BONK!!!

I changed strategies a little today with my long run. Decided to start out easier. The goal today was simple. To get through the 6 miles without bonking near the end. Pace was not going to be an issue but I said ahead of time that if I get halfway and feel pretty good, I'll pick up the pace a little at the end.

Mile 1 - 16:51
Mile 2 - 17:09
Mile 3 - 16:31
Mile 4 - 16:22
Mile 5 - 15:51
Mile 6 - 14:50
Average HR (miles 1-6) - 140/145/151/155/158/162

My target HR for the run was 148 (~70% max). I kept that pertty well until I decided to pick up the pace around mile 4. Doesn't really matter. I was conversational the whole way. Well that last .3 or .4, I did a little mini tempo pace. Wanted to finish strong. From the looks of the splits and from how I felt throught the run, I DIDN'T BONK!!!

I have to keep telling myself that these long runs are not a race. I think I has this fixation that if I don't run my long run as fast as I want to run my marathon, I'm never going to get there. Coach said not to worry about all that. Just get through the rest of the summer and we'll know more about my potential to finish in 6 hours after a few longer races. I went ahead and registered for the USA 10 miler on October 15. I'm already registerd for the Houston Half two weeks later. After these two races, I'll have a better idea of how I am progressing and will be in a better position to decide on Houston or Austin.


Steve Bezner said...

Awesome Vic! It was really tough out there today! Congrats!

Barbara said...

Way to go Vic! That is awesome - and negative splits too!

This is off-topic, but I saw Steve Bezner's post right above mine. There's a pastor with the same name as his; maybe he has a secret profession we don't know about...

RavenclawPrefect said...

That is awesome!! You are doing great! Keep up the great work.


Anonymous said...

Vic rocks! Believe that this morning's run is your strongest indication yet that you're well on the way to where you want to go.


DSpeer said...

Great job, Vic! I'm trying to adopt the same strategy for my long runs, and that way I won't be disappointed with my times. Hope you rest up well!

Anonymous said...

Nicely done. Get ready to purchase a new belt.

doug said...

From Vancouver, where it was a balmy 25 degrees Celsius (77F), congratulations!

A late start and border traffic (3-hour wait!) kept me from a 7.8-mile race in Washington State this AM, but a 10k beckons in the morning in Squamish, BC.

Chris said...

I really enjoyed your enthusiasm and information on training. Keep up the good work. You really inspired me on trying a few different things.

JustJunebug said...

as i like to say, i am built for comfort not for speed. dont worry about how fast. just finishing! great job

and i will see you at both of those races!

Bon said...

Woo! I can't wait to hear about your races...

It's so tough not to race yourself out there, isn't it? But gosh it feels so good when you have an outstanding run like that.


Running Rabbit said...

Kudos to you! I have a hell of a time picking the pace up mid-run! Way to go! :-)

Bill D said...

Very good workout. Just survive the summer heat and look forward to that 60 degree day the weekend if your 10 mile race.
( hopefully anyway )