Today's R-J mentions one of our own Flying 2:15: Brooke Bohlke is doing good for the world. We did good last week: our third 6 mile run, and all of them are grouped right at 1:04 - consistency! Not only the hobgoblin of little minds, it's a sign that we're at a good comfortable pace. If the only time difference can easily be attributed to talking with Tim Kelly at the water stops, we're doing something right.
No details yet on running the Strip. That would simplify Cocktail Sunday a bit.
Sunday morning, cool and dark, springy legs and lots of sleep = a nice six mile run in 1:04, or about a 10:35 pace. That's what we've been knocking out the last couple of weeks, so we will have no problem as we keep adding to our distance. We skipped the Secret Shortcut due to police activity and fear for my skinny life: turns out we also miss a little hill. We may have to re-think visiting the trolls underneath the bridge. I had a question about handling the hills on the first and last mile: sadly, a good way to get strong on the hills is to go run up and down a hill one day on your training. I have a nice hill that's part of my weekly run, running up Mountain Vista near SECTA. I run to the top then take it easy back down - I lean forward and take a lot of shorter steps to avoid any knee pain on the downhill. Back to the top at race pace, repeat as necessary. If you prefer a treadmill, see if there's a Hill program on it. The one at my fitness center has a brutal little course - starts out small and keeps getting steeper and taller as you go. It spaghettifies my legs in short order.
Keep it up, 2:15!
Ryan the Terrible, Fearless Leader and shortcut avoider, the Flying 2:15, fastest group in the Half!
Sunday's 4 miler was the last time we'll see that distance, it's going to be ramping up from now on. Next week five, then a couple sixes, then seven and up. Are you starting to feel like a runner now? You sure look like runners - lean, color coordinated, shoe-spangled, technical socks and streamlined sunglasses.
Our run totaled a little less than 4 miles, I guess our Secret Shortcut works. Our pace averaged 10:37 per mile, including lounging at the water stop. How about this: Mile 3 - downhill from the water stop - was sub 10. We flew!
Keep up the good work, 2:15!
Ryan the Terrible Fearless Leader, the Flying 2:15