Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sandy, Windy, FAILED Long Run

So I've got a few weeks before the Big Sur Marathon (which I'm not running with any goal in mind...) so I need to get my long run on!  I set out on an 18 miler today to Will Rodgers Beach and back.  It was HELLA windy.  And my stomach was being a little testy, just tight, but highly uncomfortable.  I was trying to stay below 10 minute pace for the duration, and despite running directly into the crazy wind on my way towards the beach I did pretty well and felt good.

I got to the bike path and headed North towards Will Rodgers Beach (about 4m.)  The sand was crazy!  I was getting my newly shaven legs sandblasted!  Before I knew it there were spoonfuls of sand in my shoes...but I carried on.  For whatever reason I was determined not to walk.  I wanted to see how far I could go!  The best I've done in that department is a half marathon.  I turned around when I reached Temescal (at WR Beach) and had a glorious tail wind.  I definitely felt like I was gliding, but my knees had had it.  

I made it about a mile or so up Ocean Park (hilly) when I felt myself falling apart.  I made it up a few hills, but on the way down felt as though my knees (both!) were about to give out.  I decided to pull the plug once I stopped running - I could barely walk to the market across the street!  Luckily my wife was more than willing to pick me up...3.5 miles shy of my 18 miles...DAMN!  FAIL!

On the upside, I don't think I injured myself besides overdoing it...and I know I can run 14.5 miles continuously keeping a pace of around 9:40 with my HR at about 160 bpm average.  But I'll be putting in 3.5 miles early tomorrow if that'll make the difference.  :)


  1. Sounds like you got a nice resistance workout in. Ice those knees. You are doing great.

  2. Good for you.
    You did not fail, determination
    was on your side fighting those
    PS. Did you wax or shave? (smile)

  3. Yesterday was a crappy ass day to run...wind + running = no fun. Wouldn't sweat the 3.5 miles too much. Make up for it on your next workout.

  4. Fail. For sure. I know those runs. Wind puts a damper on every run. Hope your next run gives you a boost. You'll come back quick Cody!

  5. Thanks guys - now that I'm removed from the situation a bit I realize it's no big deal. I think under ideal conditions/prep I prob could run 18 miles straight! Crazy (for me!) Can't wait for the next run...

    Oh Pamela - just SHAVE! (no wax...) I really did it as a novelty for my 30th BD and triathlon...don't think I'm going to keep it up! And it's super itchy now - yuck... :(

  6. Good job listening to your body. Sometimes the hardest, but wisest decision is knowing when to cut a run short to avoid serious injury.

  7. I pretty much never make it the distance I plan for.

    Sometimes it is just not in the cards on a particular day.

  8. Thanks Joe&Evan...yeah, it's all good. Went on a 1.5-2.5-1.5 tempo run today and did just fine. Trying to figure out how I'm going to squeeze in a 20 miler before big sur in 2 weeks! :)



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