Tuesday, September 14, 2010

22-miler is in the books!

It is officially taper time; St. George is a mere 17 days away and I feel like I am ready, or at least as ready as I can be.

On Saturday morning I did a 4-mile pace run and am happy with the results:

1-1/2 mile warm-up
Mile 1:  8:04
Mile 2:  8:14
Mile 3:  8:10
Mile 4:  8:12
1/2 mile cool down

I was supposed to stay in the 8:20 - 8:25 range, which is about 20 seconds faster than my goal pace; obviously I didn't do too well in that respect.  Maybe this means I am going to bust out an unbelievable marathon or maybe it means I need to work on my pacing......

On Sunday morning I was up & out the door bright and early to meet Vicki for our 22 miler; she mapped out a great course in the Wilsonville/Sherwood area, which is just a little South of Portland.  It is a beautiful, more "pastoral", area and a very nice change from the city.  Our friend Pat met us for the first 8-mile loop so we donned our safety vests & head lamps and headed out into the darkness; we enjoyed a nice and easy pace for this portion of the run.  This part of the course was relatively flat, but I knew the hills were coming.  We dropped Pat off at the car, grabbed our sunglasses, hit the restroom at Starbucks and took back off. 

The next 18 miles clicked by as we chatted and enjoyed the beautiful countryside; it was a spectacular morning in the Northwest and just a pleasure to be outside.  We climbed some pretty good hills and I found a nice little 12 acre piece of property, with a house, that could be mine for a mere 1.2 million :-)

We made it back to the cars (and Starbucks) with an average pace of 9:37 for the distance; we even ended up with negative splits, I don't think I have ever had negative splits on a long run before.  I was tired when I finished but knew I could have gone 26.2

It was intentional that I did my pace run on Saturday and my long run on Sunday; I was supposed to be fatigued for Sunday's run.  I was supposed to run on Monday, but I decided to take a rest day, I was tired and will run Tuesday instead. 

It is all coming together; we will see how I fare on race day.  I decided to run with the 3:50 pace group, my goal for St. George is 3:53.  I think it is a realistic goal.  Check out the elevation map of the course:

 There is a 2,600 foot elevation loss over the length of the race; I think it is going to be a good PR course for me.  I may not be able to walk on Sunday morning though; as this much downhill could take a toll on my knees and quads.

As an extra added bonus, the race is on my birthday - a birthday PR would be the best!


  1. Running a marathon on your Birthday - AWESOME!

    Way to go on the pace run and 22-miler! My last long run is coming up this weekend.

    Low 3:50's, here we come! :)

  2. Good luck at St George. Hope you have some post-PR birthday celebration plans.

  3. Hi Kathy,
    I wish I was as fast as you! Holy cow, I just could never keep that pace up for 26.2:) Good luck to you...I say that a PR would be an excellent b-day present!

  4. Oooh you are running SO WELL! I've been thinking of you lots lately. That's an awesome pace for 22 given that you went into it tired! So excited for you!

  5. Awesome 22 miler! You are going to rock that marathon :)

  6. You made a good job to be ready for the "main event". PR, marathon and birthday: go Kathy, in bocca al lupo (it is an italian saying to wish "good luck" - literally "in the mouth of the wolf").

  7. awesome long run!!! i have a feeling you're going to do much better than 3:53...although you never can tell whats going to happen on race day. you should be going into this with so much confidence after those last two runs. good work, now just coast to the starting line :)

  8. So exciting!!! You are going to do awesome! I can't wait to hear the race report :)

  9. Awesome race course profile, bet the quads will feel sweet the following day(s).
    I'm impressed with your tale of the 22-mile training run. Mine always end with me crawling around the house, and unable to handle stairs.

  10. yeahh a birthday PR would be great! sounds like your training is all lined up for you to do great