Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday = Trip to the Georgia Aquarium

As a sign of appreciation, our department is taking us to the aquarium today, that's kinda cool. Hey, we get to wear jeans & leave the office at noon, I'll take it!

Last week I finished a 40 mile training week. Last week & this week are my final big weeks before Chattooga 50k, then there will be a 20% reduction in miles as I begin a semi-taper. This past weekend I did a combined 25 miles. Saturday's workout was "Dixon" (I don't know what that means, that's just what the Crackhead called it. It must be the name of the guy who invented it - or maybe maybe that is what you say about your coach after you do it. "He's a dixon for making me run that." No?)

Anyroad - the "Dixon" is 10 minutes warm up, zone 1, then 10 minutes zone 2. For the next 60 minutes, you run Z2, with every 4th minute zone 4/5. Man, what a workout, I really started to feel the effort about an hour in, making those last 4 to 5 - 1 minutes surges difficult. In the beginning, my zone 4/5 was about a 6:45 m/m pace, the last few I was struggling to get to 6:55 m/m. At the end of the day I covered about 9 miles and got a second speed session in for the week. As we are working towards getting faster this season, I am getting two speed sessions a week.

Sunday's long run was done at "Sean's Run Like Hellathon", Sean B. is a local trail runner who hosts a hellathon usually twice a year. It's pretty straight forward, he sets up and aid station on his front porch and people come out and run a 1.1 mile loop in his neighborhood. The Hellathon lasts for 12 hours, 7am - 7pm. You can run as little or as much as you want.

I had 2.5 hours on the schedule, so I got there early to get my miles in before it got too hot. Sh!t, summer is here. It got hot & humid real fast. I managed to squeeze out 16 miles on tired legs....It was great being able to run with a bunch of GUTS runners and see some old faces. However, I plan on getting out even earlier for this weekend's 3.5 hr long run. Distance running + Summer + Me = HOT MESS!

Speaking of running in the summer heat, what type of tricks do ya'll use to beat the heat?!?!?!

Do you run pre dawn?

Cut back on the miles?

Run indoors?

Just write numbers in the log but not actually run???


Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I run early - like 5 or 5:30 a.m. - on weekdays, but on weekends, it's not worth it to get up early, so I run mid-mornings. This also gives me practice running in the kind of heat I'd encounter in actual races. Or so I tell myself.

But I don't know why in the world anyone would want to run like me.

Did it ever occur to you that they're taking you to the aquarium so you can sleep with the fishes? And you probably WILL, too.


(Just like Troy McClure.)

The Sean said...

I try to run in the heat of the day... to prep for racing 50k in the heat of the day... otherwise wait until dusk and soak in the waning daylight.

I thought you might have been doing some cross training in the pool when I saw the aquarium pop up.

Kate Geisen said...

I don't log the kind of miles you do, but I don't normally use the treadmill unless it's for speedwork or it's cold and rainy. I don't mind hot and rainy or just plain cold. I have a hard time getting up early, so unless it's just brutally hot I just run when I get around to it...it's not like we get the choice on race day (you know, what Glaven said but less succinctly).

That hellathon sounds pretty cool.

Wesley said...

I start around 7 to 8 pm weekdays and weekends.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I've never been to the GA Aquarium. I also have never been to the Ted, since I moved a mile away. I pass it every day. But I guess if it were free, I would go.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I try to find shady places to run, and run before 9 am on the weekends.

Weekdays it is the TM in the gym.

ajh said...

I like the last suggestion. I never thought of just writing the miles in my log. I hate hate hate heat and I live in Vermont! I run early, never mid day.

Anonymous said...

I am a pre dawn runner myself (when home in Houston). Although it will be interesting to see what Atlanta throws at me this summer. So far I can't complain about the running weather - morning or evening.

Joe said...

Summertime?? I just go out early, mostly.

I also alter my race schedule and do only shorter races. i try to do most marathons from October to April.

But then, I might break that rule for a nearby trail marathon in August....

Thomas Bussiere said...

Good to see training is going well. Hope all went well with Terri's race. Wished I was there but work schedule got in the way. FATS 50K is the only one I will make this year.

Anonymous said...

Love aquariums! Great run on tired legs! This year I'm trying a tip from an ultrarunner friend of mine. She did a few sessions of Bikram yoga within a couple of weeks before a key hot weather run and she thought it helped. I, on the other hand, usually run early- more humid, but I'd rather deal with that than the heat.

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