Saturday, August 16, 2008

Long Run at Pineland

Had a lot of folks at our group run today, 17 in all. I won't even attempt to name them all, but Ian, Emma, Stephen, Mindy, Neighbor Kate, Chuck, Katie and the infamous Raw Food Frank were among the bloggers in attendance. It was great that Frank was up from Connecticut to join us, since he was in town for a wedding. We ran with him for a long stretch at the Vermont 100, and he really clicked with our entourage (that's not hard to do, you just have to like to run, have fun, and at least tolerate fart jokes) . Stephen and I lobbied hard to get him to move up here.

The pack inevitably broke up into small groups that had different distance goals in mind. My goal was at least 20 miles, longer if it felt right. Nope on going longer. I just stuck with the bare minimum and got in 20, which is fine. I almost called it a day at mile 12, but pressed on. Just wasn't really feeling it, more of a hunch my body was telling me to call it a day but there was nothing specific to it. My energy did pick up a little and I decided I was playing mind games with myself, so I trudged on. Was glad I did so.

Worth noting I forgot to restart the Garmin after a break, but I estimated I lost a minimum of .7 miles.

Had fun hanging out in the parking lot for a little over an hour afterwards, just shooting the breeze as we all sat on the pavement and had a nice little pow wow going. Great run, great time.

Ran 20.0 miles @ 9:30/mile pace.
Trails.
Very hilly.
Upper 60s to upper 70s, partly sunny.
Shorts, sleeveless shirt (for first half).

9 comments:

Random Blog said...

Sounds like a very nice run!! As you know we love "The Mayor" - a.k.a. RawFoodFrank and we are more than willing to share him with the world... but if he moves to Maine - well, half of the Connecticut shore might have to move there too!! Be careful what you wish for!!
Cathi

mindy said...

Fun day - it was good to get my feet on the trails even if it was for just a short walk. Glad you pushed through ok for 20 - your recovery is going amazingly well. A testament to your training and listening to your body. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon!

Ultrathoner said...

Sounds like fun!

Love2Run said...

Long runs with a group make the miles go by so much easier. Wish I'd been there!

J. Garry Power said...

I have no one to run with :( and am always envious of you folks who have people to get those long runs done with. Not a whole lot of endurance athletes in rural Alberta! However if I want to go quadding or play slow pitch baseball....

Grellan said...

Geat to have company on the long runs, fart jokes and all.

sn0m8n said...

There were fart jokes?!?!? I really need to work one of these runs into my schedule.

Marc said...

Sounds like a great time.

I can tolerate fart jokes...it's the actual farts I have trouble with.

So, do you have your call sign yet?

Ange said...

Sounds like a nice run and social time. I love Pineland, the trails are beautiful there.