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Saturday, August 16, 2008

0 Run 3, Week 10 (BOHR): Yea, I've Finished the BOHR Program!


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Stats:
Weather Conditions:
Temp: 77° FHumidity:50%
Warm-up Walk:Start Time: 1:05 pm
Distance: 0.62 miTime: 10:00 minAvg Pace: 15:59 min/miCalories Burned: 65
Run:
Start Time:
1:18 pm
Distance: 6.37 miTime: 1:09:31 minAvg Pace: 10:54 min/miCalories Burned: 663
Cool-down walk:
Start Time: 2:28 pmDistance: 1.98 mi
Time: 32:17 min
Avg Pace: 16:15 min/miCalories Burned: 208

Today's run went surprisingly well. I did 6 miles, which is the longest distance I've run thus far since 7/21/07. [The longest distance I've ever run was 12 miles, back in Summer 1997 (i.e., August?), & I've only done that once thus far.]

Again, please ignore the Nike+iPod stats: I think what's going on is that, since my pace has sped up overall, it's throwing off the pedometer's calculations. ;-)

Here are the correct stats: I ran exactly 6 miles in 1:09:31, or an 11:35:10 mi/min pace. The cool-down walk was exactly 2 miles (there were mile markers to measure it!), & I also did another itty-bitty walk from the last mile-marker to the parking lot, which was only 2:45 minutes & somewhere between 0.15 & 0.25 mile; again, I can't be sure due to the inaccurate, off-set measurements recorded by the Nike+iPod pedometer.

I'm not going to wax poetic today, because I've just got too much to do. (Was that a sigh of relief I just heard amongst this blog's readers?! LOL.) So, I'll just point out a few highlights of today's run:

--I saw two deer (a male & a female) around the 1st mile marker, & then also saw them again near the same spot on the way back.

--I had a surprising amount of pep left after the 4-mile marker; I got my second wind sometime around then & my energy kept up until about the 5th mile, when my legs started to tire, & the muscles surrounding the knee began to pulsate a bit. This feeling wasn't painful, & didn't last much beyond the run -- it was more just a general feeling of exertion & the result of the time spent on my feet -- so I'm not concerned in the least. Tomorrow will definitely be a day off the feet to relax & regain energy & strength.

--I ran 4 miles out & 2 back, & then walked the final two. It was the longest I'd ever run before on this particular trail; somewhere after the 4 mile point, I remember seeing a sign stating that it was only a few miles more to DC! [This is really exciting stuff, because I know that when I really start putting in the miles for various training programs -- for the 10K, 10 mile, half-marathon, & marathon distances, etc. -- that, depending on where I start, it would be possible for me to run through MD, DC, & VA! Of course, I'd probably limit the really long trail runs to the weekends. Otherwise, I'd have to get up at the crack of dawn to run those distances during the week! (Hmmmm, it's very possible I will have to resort to doing that at some point. However, I'm getting ahead of myself. One step at a time....) At any rate, I'm looking forward to running past many of the monuments, & other interesting attractions. I'll definitely have to have my wits about me (& probably my pepper spray too! ;-) ) when running through DC; that's for sure! ;-) ]

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Phew, I can't tell you how relieved I am to be done with the BOHR program!

Even though it's my second time around doing the program (i.e., the first time was last year), I've definitely improved my times considerably: During last year's final run (on 12/11/07), I only got to 5.18 miles in 1:02:30, or a 12:03 min/mi pace. And that was run around the "usual lake" where I run, where there's only a "small bump" of a hill, as Erik likes to call it.

Compare that result with today's run, run at my "favorite lake" (i.e., a different trail with far more hills!) in which I ran 6 miles in 1:09:31, or an 11:35:10 mi/min pace. And, I have no doubt that I probably could've run the 6 miles a lot faster had there not been as many hills to conquer! ;-)

Nonetheless, completing today's 6-mile run was still a significant milestone. And I will probably celebrate that significant milestone today by taking a well-deserved rest on the couch to watch some inspirational Olympic athletes on TV!

Enjoy your afternoon & the rest of the weekend, everyone!

-C

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