Posted by: Drew | March 4, 2007

Early evening run 3/3

Last lengthy run before the big day.  After watching the Buckeyes wrap up the Big Ten season, I headed out to the YMCA to get in a run.  Since I’d been training with the walk breaks, I kept them in for this last long run.  I’m still not sure if I’ll be utilizing walking during the race.  I guess I’ll let adrenaline dictate the plan.  Maybe.

I stepped on the treadmill, set things up for a 35:00 run, locked my eyes on the basketball game, and went.  Things felt pretty good up until the 16:00 mark or so, and then my brain started to focus on all the things I really didn’t want to know.  Like a little pain in the back of my left knee, a bit of shin burning, and a general desire to cut the run off at 17 minutes and head home for dinner. 

Sometimes I feel a bit depressed that I have these thoughts creep in at 16 minutes.  But then I remember, I’m used to running 1 mile or so.  I have proven to myself that I’m capable of going 3 to 3.5 miles and probably farther, but I don’t do it on a regular enough basis that my body knows I can do it.  I have to dig into the mental strength necessary to complete the mileage.  It’s time to up the normal mileage (slowly).  I’d like my neural memory to be able to ‘know’ I can do that mileage.  As the weather outside gets nicer, I’ll be able to head back outdoors and not pass the miles in front of a mirror or television.  That will be nice.  Okay, back to the report…

I increased my running times on this run, here was the schedule I ran (with walks at 3.5 mph and runs at 7.2 mph): 2 min walk, 6 min run, 2 min walk, 6 min run, 2 min walk, 7 min run, 2 min walk, 8 min run.  That last run leg was all will power.  The legs were moving.  I know, I looked to make sure.  But they didn’t want to.  But I proved to my legs that it was useless to question my brain.  The brain won, and I made it 3.7 miles in my 35:00 minutes. 

I told myself earlier I wasn’t setting any goal times for the Beer Bottle Open (6 days, in case you’re not counting).  And while I’m still not setting a goal time, I think I can comfortably do 45:00.  (This is Andy’s brain talking… he could actually do 40:00, but he won’t tell anybody because he doesn’t want to be too ambitious).  What the hell was that?!?  Well… there are now two running days left before the race.  I know I’m looking forward to it.



  1. Good race report. Way to go on the run time! Darn, I’d be smack talkin’ too.

    You asked how I knew my finish. I *believe* the number on the ticket they handed you when you crossed the finish line is the number you finished at. The time they yelled out as I crossed and the number of participants was what a friend told me, not real official info, sorry. There is a site to check on, but it hasn’t been updated yet. It’s at

    Good luck with your running! Maybe I’ll see you at a race sometime.

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