Posted by: Drew | August 8, 2007

A nice thing happened in the last few days…

Before we rang in the new year, I’d made a personal goal of running 300 miles in 2007.  I’m not exactly sure where I came up with the number, but it was nice and round and seemed quite doable.  Less than a mile per day over the course of a year, no problem.

I got off to a slow start in January and February, logging less than 15 miles each month.  But things picked up in late spring and early summer, and as of this week I’m officially ahead of pace.  With 186.5 miles covered in 219 days, I’m now on pace for 310 miles this year.  And you know… it’s only going to get better.

It was hot yesterday for my tempo run.  92 degrees with extra humidity and a nice side dish of sun.  I think every runner who does tempo runs has different definitions of what exactly a tempo run is.  I used Hal Higdon’s definition, which boils down to being a run that peaks at about 10-K pace approximately 2/3 through the run.  He states that they can be as hard or easy as you like, and improvisation is the key.

I think I pushed a bit too hard during the peak pace of my run yesterday, because I felt the need to walk about 150 yards or so after my hard pace.  I was able to resume the final 3/4 mile of the run at my usual easy run pace of around 10:00/mile.  I was pleased that I didn’t allow pride to get in the way of things, or I might have lost my lunch right there on Avery Road.  I’ll leave you with that hypothetical visual.  Rest day today (softball), and 3 miles scheduled for Thursday (weather and workout pending).

Thanks for stopping by.  See you through the haze.



  1. Andy,
    I am proud of you for many reasons but since this is a running blog, I will list the ones that involve running.
    You have topped me in total miles for the year. I am at 179.
    You are running in this miserable weather. I have not been out running since 7/24. You are right about the difficulties of breathing in this humidity. Not having signed up for a race, (our next big event is the dachshund races)I know I don’t have to run, even though I would like to. When I see the temp & the heat index and add twenty degrees, I can’t talk myself in to running.
    You are staying committed to your training schedule. I know that is hard to do. When I trained for the Indy mini, I had to train in snow & ice. There are also days you just don’t feel like running. You will have those, but I know you will overcome.
    You will have to explain to me in detail the tempo run, probably over the phone. I have read about it but never quite understood. What is a 10k pace? If it is my 10k pace, then I don’t know what it is, I have never done a 10k. If it is double my 5k pace, I don’t know that is either because my 5k pace varies so much. Help!!!!
    Anyway, keep up the good work, always be careful, (my friend went to the funeral of a 53 yr old women who was killed by a drunk driver while walking on her country road. He crossed over the center line & hit her. She was walking against traffic like you are suppose to. She probably didn’t know what hit her.) keep your eye on the traffic, stay hydrated and healty, and keep your wife pounding on you when necessary.
    Keep up the good work

  2. Thanks for the nice comments, WSM!

    A few things to answer questions/comments:

    – I’m not a heat-loving guy, by any stretch of the imagination. But I know how I work and if I start using the heat excuse, I know I’ll use anything to get out of doing something. So I just put on my gear as if it’s 50 degrees (figuratively, not literally), head out and go. Probably doesn’t work for everybody, but it seems to for me.

    – I’d be happy to discuss tempo runs with you. I’ve seen many definitions, myself.

    – For calculating various race paces, I used the McMillan Running Calculator. The link: ( I plugged in a recent race time, and it gives a bunch of information back to me. Of note: equivalent race times at different distances; and training paces. I used this to help me determine paces for each day based on my goal finish time (2:00). I did modify my findings slightly, but this provided a good baseline.

    – Almost all of my running is done on sidewalks or away from vehicle traffic (ie, Rails to Trails, or soon I’ll be on the Olentangy Trail you guys do). That said, when I’m running near roads and will be running over a cross street to the main drag, I’m always looking over my shoulder at cars coming up from behind me, and have a very alert status in general. I’m working on the assumption that every car is out to hit me, so defensive running is my game.

    Thanks for offering your kind words, comments, and questions. I’m looking forward to the next time we can share the road.

    Talk to you soon.

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