Monday, August 4, 2014

Marathon Training Week Eight

Our mileage this week was 13, so basically a half marathon. We ended up doing about 13.5 because we're over achievers like that. When you run 13 miles at an 11 minute pace it takes you .... doing math .... two hours and 23 minutes. When you go that extra half mile, factor in water stops and what not, you're out there almost three hours. And when you run for that long with a bunch of other people you think of different ways to keep yourself entertained - or at least we do.

Our 11 minute pace group has decided we'd be the fun group on the path. We say "good morning runners" to just about every other group we go past. A lot of the groups also say good morning back, though we did notice a trend that the, ahem, faster runners (those clocking in around 7:30-8:30 min miles) tend to be a bit too serious to say hello back. Also, and I don't want to disparage the different training groups in any way, but those there were not of the CARA variety sometimes seemed to not offer us as many greetings. I'm sure it was a "don't talk to strangers" thing.

One of the runners in our group coaches rowers in lagoon in Lincoln Park and knows the people out rowing. So we thoroughly confused them as we ran past shouting their names. Other things we do while running include: thinking up inspirational t-shirts slogans; talking about chocolate chip pancakes and butt moles; and calling our pudding (actually footing to let someone know there might that a pothole or something is coming up, but it sound a lot like pudding). I never knew running could be so much fun. 

In other, more important news, the July knitted monster raffle has ended and on Friday night we picked a winner. 

Karen is a co-worker who in addition to being totally supportive, knows what I'm putting myself through as she ran her first marathon in 2012 and is super excited to have her own knitted monster. I'll post pics when I finish it. Thanks to everyone who donated during July. We made good progress on my goal - just a couple hundred left to go. If you're reading this and you haven't made a donation, click the button over on the right. I may even come up with another raffle prize - or do the monster one again since there were quite a few people who seemed to enjoy that one.

Stats for the week:
Miles run: 25
Miles left to go: 308.2
Raised so far: $734.20
Left to go: $265.80


Pete B said...

Nice miles!

Melanie Higgins said...

Thanks Pete. You running this year?

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