TITLE: A Ditty For Running Long AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: September 20, 2009 7:20 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Courtesy of Waylon Jennings:
Staight'nin' the curves
Flat'nin' the hills
Someday the mountain might get 'em
But the law never will
On most of my long runs, the road is rarely straight. Even when I'm not at the edge of comfort, I like to take curves tight. I'm not sure why; I guess it makes me feel like I'm racing. And, inevitably, two things come to mind. In one of those curves, I hear Waylon singing, and then I start thinking of the math that goes with straightening curves in the trail. This week, I did my long run on Saturday, so that my family could take a day at the fair. This was my first 20-miler in two years. I last ran a distance that long in the Marine Corps Marathon, and I last ran a training run that long three weeks before the marathon, at the peak of my plan. This 20-miler went well. I started slowly but maintained a steady pace early. I ran a bit faster in the middle and then returned to slower pace to finish. I ended up doing 20.5 miles or so, average 9:30 miles. Even after years of marathon training, I still haven't completely grasped the idea that most of my long runs should be 45 to 90 seconds slower than the goal pace for my race. If that's true, then this run was in the perfect neighborhood. Afterward, my legs were sore, and they remain so today. I ought not be surprised... I raced a half at marathon pace last Saturday and ran seven miles at near-10K pace on Wednesday. I am tired but feel good. Just hope that I can walk downstairs normally tomorrow! -----