Ok... so I have officially ran my first 1/2 marathon this morning. Much to my surprise, I felt really good at the end. I compare this to my first ever 5k finish earlier this year when I wanted to vomit, tear off my legs, curl up into a ball and weep.
But today was different; I finished in what I considered a respectable time of 1:52:15 which comes out to be a 8:35/mi pace. Just last week I timed myself and ended at 1:59:30, so I think shaving off 7 minutes wasn't too shabby.
But now the fun begins... On October 29, I run my first ultra-marathon (50k) and I am getting into the tough training now. For the next 6 weeks, each long run increases by 2 miles from 16 miles this coming weekend to 26 miles which will be the longest run before the actual event.
Will I make it? Will I finish? I have no clue. I'll give it a shot, but considering that before this year I had yet to run 2 miles consecutively, I think I've done ok so far...
You are a sick, sick man
Good tips, thanks. I also use RunKeeper for the iPhone ...
Laz you should come do the Fifth Third Riverbank run in Grand Rapids. I'm going to do the 25k. Its in May.
Another big upvote for Runkeeper.
Seeing Rex run sub 5 min miles in XC guilted me into running more than the standard Navy 3.0 mile a year club. We've done a Warrior Dash which was a blast and I plan on doing a Tough Mudder, but that long distance stuff looks a wee bit extreme for me.
Well folks... my running season has come to a close. I finished my first ultra-marathon today (50km - 31 mi). My final time was 5 hours 24 minutes which is an average of 10:27/mi. Considering I had never ran a standard marathon, I also made sure to note the time I crossed 26.2 miles. This was 4:27 or 10:12/mi.
This year has been interesting. I didn't start it with a goal of even doing any of this. I started running so I didn't make an ass of myself during my Tough Mudder and from then I continued training to see what I could push myself to do. So this year I can officially write the book on "Couch to 50k".
I'm glad I'm done.
Can't wait til next year.