Not my best month. Except for the 5K race win! I don't have any planned races for the rest of this year. Plan on keeping some speed, but also working more on endurance. Had one of my worst 13 mile trail runs on the Kickapoo Rail Trail last weekend. It felt horrible to struggle on such a "short" long run. That will change in November and December.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
|August 2021||Sept 2021|
|Total Distance||97.81 mi||92.56 mi|
|Average Distance||5.15 mi||4.87 mi|
|Max Distance||32.48 mi||12.48 mi|
|Total Activity Time||18:21 h:m||14:24 h:m|
|Avg Time||57:58 m:s||45:30 m:s|
|Total Elev Gain||3,540 ft||2,910 ft|
|Average Pace||11:16 min/mi||9:20 min/mi|
|Average Heart Rate||132 bpm||139 bpm|
|Average Run Cadence||158 spm||160 spm|
Same number of total runs, about same mileage. Biggest difference was longest run (33 vs 13 miles) and average speed (11:16 vs 9:20 minute/mile). I always consider myself an ultrarunner. Now I'm thinking I'm potentially a good short distance racer. Mile, 5k, 8k, 10k. Maybe half-marathon too--that counts as short, right? I'll eventually return to marathons and ultras. For now, I'll still focus on the shorter races. I have a 5k road race and 5.5 mile trail race at the end of October. More power to me.
Monday, September 6, 2021
|July 2021||August 2021|
|Total Distance||130.57 mi||97.81 mi|
|Average Distance||5.93 mi||5.15 mi|
|Max Distance||28.78 mi||32.48 mi|
|Total Activity Time||22:12 h:m||18:21 h:m|
|Avg Time||1:00 h:m||57:58 m:s|
|Total Elev Gain||4,400 ft||3,540 ft|
|Average Pace||10:12 min/mi||11:16 min/mi|
|Average Heart Rate||133 bpm||132 bpm|
|Average Run Cadence||160 spm||158 spm|
Pretty much every stat I track was worse in August than July. At least I did get a new long run "best for the year" at 32+ miles. Not much comfort in that achievement. I know the heat and humidity got to me, but July was warm and humid too. No excuses, just reality. Can't wait for the cooler fall weather. October will be my month! I'll try to get back to good running in September. Consistent distance plus speed will get me faster race times. I only have one race in September (Run to Remember 8K). I'm not ready for that one, but will be ready for two races in October: Heartland 5K and Allerton 5.7 miler. Also have a virtual half-marathon in October. Think I can get a reasonable time on the flat KRT course sometime in October.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Last year (2020) the race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I think the time away from Howl and racing has made me hungry to compete. Mostly against myself, not other runners. I need to finish the full 8 hours this year! Weather looks to be pretty good (expected high of 80 degrees and not too humid). I'm not "well-trained," but I did get in 28+ miles at the Last Buffalo Standing run in mid-July. I'll draw on that performance to push me during Howl. No grand goals this year...simply stick it out for 8 hours. At least 31 miles. An even 10 loops (35 miles) would be good. Anything more would be icing on the cake. "Just don't stop" is my mantra. My best at Howl is 47 miles. That won't happen this time. For this year, 40 miles will be my "A-goal." A total of 35 miles is my back-up goal. And 31 miles (50K) is my minimum goal. Wish me well.
UPDATE: I only did 33 miles in 8 hours. Lots of walking! Not happy.