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My run included a Twix, a Kit-Kat, and some breakfast tacos

Posted May 30 2009 10:10pm
Under the new training program I am doing with Team Rogue in Austin, I am just beginning to ramp up my weekly mileage.

I ran 14.2 miles today, giving me 51.67 miles for the week. I've run more than 50 miles in a week many times, but this is the first time I've run so many miles in a week before I actually start to train for a marathon.

Today's 14-miler felt pretty good. It seemed a little cooler outside and not as much humidity. I finished the run in 1:47:55, a 7:35 pace. There were five water stops and I hit the stop button on my watch each time. Two of the water stops were at this guy's house and he had Twix's and Kit-Kat candy bars and Gatorade. That was refreshing. And the important thing is the chocolate didn't give me any stomach problems.

Because the weather was favorable, I did most of the run - even the hills - using less than 80 percent maximum heart rate and in fact, my heart rate for the entire run averaged 76 percent of maximum. I "put the hammer down" - as they say - over the final two miles, running a 7:11 for Mile 13 and a 6:39 for Mile 14.

My average heart rate for Mile 13 was 80 percent/max with a high of 88 percent. And my average heart rate for Mile 14 (The 6:39 mile) was 90 percent with a high of 92 percent.

As you can see, I was really booking it at the end.

Afterwards, I had an Endurox recovery shake and a lot of us went to eat breakfast tacos at some place called Juan in a Million on the East Side of Austin. Very Yummy.

I'm going to hold my mileage at 50 miles for a few weeks and see how it feels before I go up to 55 miles a week. But so far, so good.
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