Saturday, October 17, 2009

Runner's Almanac - Day 63, 7 miles

Nice to regroup with the La Leggers after two weekends out of town. The weather was hot, and as someone in our group mentioned, at least it's hot during our shorter runs. Here's hoping the weather will cooperate for our 16 miles next Saturday. Woah..16 miles? that's right! I haven't run 16 miles since the LA Marathon...I'm nervous but excited.

Today's run felt a little bit slow at the beginning but then it picked up toward the end. Since I've been running on my own recently and did not take the standard walk breaks at the San Jose Half-Marathon, I had to re-adjust. It may seem counterintuitive, but it can be difficult to get back into a stride after a walk break - however short. But with very long runs, I think it's a good thing to do. As usual, the boardwalk was filled with Leggers and Roadrunners, and as always, nobody is friendlier than runners who run in groups early in the morning.

After our 7 miles, listened to an awesome former competitive speed walker who offered tips on incorporating speedwalking techniques when we transition from a runner's to a walker's stride. Her PR in speedwalking during a marathon was 7.5 minutes per mile. That's amazing!

Happy running...and speedwalking!

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