Monday, October 8, 2012

Last Long Runs--12 and 8 Miles in the Taper

Long Run 
Friday, September 28, 2012 
12 Miles With 4 at Pace

I did this 12 mile run with 4 pace miles since Rick was going out of town and I didn't have days to do the runs separately (the plan called for a 4 mile pace run the day before the 12 mile run). Rick suggested doing the pace miles in the middle, but I liked them at the end.  The pace miles were 7:12, 7:11, 7:11, 7:01, and 7:13 (for .73).  This was a good run but a little boring since it was laps in the dark.

Long Run 
Saturday, October 6, 2012 
8 Miles with Single Jogger

I didn't really choose to do this run this way, but it worked out fine.  I was really excited when Rick agreed to run his 4 miles with me on my 8-miler.  He was going to push the kids in the double stroller.  I was loving the leisurely pace our Saturday morning was taking (we had 12 combined miles of running, and sometimes we have to fit in almost triple that).  Right as we got ready to go, the weather got yucky (rainy and cool), and we don't have a rain shield for the double stroller.

I still wanted company on my run!  I am getting lonely on my runs.  My son agreed to come with me in the single stroller since it has a nice rain shield.  He hasn't been on a run in awhile, and he really wanted to go. He now weighs 50 pounds, and I am feeling it in my upper body today still!  But it was a great fall run with him, and I'm pretty happy with my times.  I was going for a 7:15 in that last mile---so close!  Average was 8:09, a decent pace for a long run and fine during the taper.

Last short track workout tomorrow and then a heavy taper with 2 2-milers and 2 rest days!!  It feels crazy to have only that left.


  1. I'm impressed with your stroller pace!

    1. Thanks, Gracie! The truth is, the last two miles were laps around my fairly flat neighborhood. The first 6 were more hilly and involved street crossings, etc. Amazing how much smoother the stroller goes on flat, smooth roads!