How many miles did you run today? - Page 663
I got in 9 miles this morning. I was at about the 6 mile mark on a long dirt road with no roads to turn off on to and came upon this disheartening sign:
Luckily, as I turned the corner, nearly all the water was gone and all that was left were a few puddles. I've had this happen to me a couple times at this spot in the past. The first time (which was also my first time running in this spot at all), I figured that it couldn't be that deep so I went through. Boy was I wrong! It was completely flooded for nearly a quarter mile with some spots up to my knees. The only saving grace was that the water had a current and was flowing across the road so it wasn't just sitting there stagnant. Ever since then, I don't hesitate to turn around if the water is covering the road.
4 miles this morning, significantly quicker than the same distance last week, shaving nearly two full minutes off my total run time. I was hesitant to increase mileage too abruptly until I was sure I really had my legs back, so I focused on running the same distances, just faster. Next week I'll start slowly bumping up the distance, but nothing too drastic.
Shaving 2 minutes off is a lot! :30 sec/mi quicker is tough. Hell the other day I was trying not to lose a second over 5 miles...Good job just don't hurt yourself.
Yep, it probably sounds more impressive than it really is though. I still haven't even gotten down to times that I was running at the beginning of the year, I could still probably shave off another 10 seconds per mile and then I'd be a little closer to my times from 6-8 months ago. I got a lot slower after taking some time off from running, so I'm trying to work my way back.
A few years ago, when I first started doing more distance running, I definitely added too many miles too quickly and ended up getting hurt, so I wanted to make sure I didn't do that this time while I get myself back into shape. This time around, I'm only increasing my longest run by one mile every two weeks. I've heard one mile per week is safe, but I wanted to be extra cautious. I did find that while doing this I can run significantly faster during the weeks where I don't increase any mileage, which feels pretty good.
I made a stop at my favorite running shoe store which is located in the vibrant MidTown section of Detroit--West Canfield Street. . Next door, at the Shinola watch store, one could take a quick ride around the block in a Grand Prix race car. There is a race, this weekend, on nearby Belle Isle.
I did not go on the car ride. Drat! I should go back! I did not go into the Shinola store. (I'm not into the very upscale stuff they sell. Besides, I spent my allowance on a new pair of running shoes.)
I cannot say enough about the customer service, knowledge, and helpful advice given by Justin and Eric at RUNDETROIT. This little store easily trumps the service offered by some of the better known running stores in the 'burbs. RUNDETROIT is the only running shoe store in the entire city! They said that, nationwide, brick and mortar running shoes sales dipped more than 20%. Normally, during the winter, sales dip, but not like this. It was a horrendous winter. I hope that running shoes stores don't go the way of Borders and now Barnes and Noble.
If the City of Detroit is to rise from the ashes (again!), it will be due to the courage of people like Justin who believes that there is a future.
Edited by clarinetplayer - 5/30/14 at 1:25pm
Been feeling somewhat lousy about my running lately... really struggling through the shorter runs.
I think it took me longer to recover from that 50M than I wanted to admit and I was compensating by slowing my normal pace dramatically (trying to make it feel "easy" or something?).
In any case, two weeks ago I decided to get back to pushing hard on the daily runs. Today I was able to finish 6.5 miles in under 50 minutes (in 85 degrees no less). I haven't been able to do that since sometime last year so feeling pretty damn good.
Tomorrow morning I'll find out if this has helped my longer runs any :)