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I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Split Ends

I can't do these splits to save my life!

(although the hubster would dig it)



I shouldn't do these splits




But check out THESE splits!


On Monday morning (yes, the day after I sprinted my butt off at the Couples Tri), I was scheduled to do a 10 mile Marathon Pace Run with Gazelles. I normally wouldn't put my body through two crazy workouts like that, but I'm bound and determined to have a good marathon this fall and that involves practice, practice, practice! The first 3 miles were simply a warm-up and we did them in 28:10 (9:23 per mile). The last seven miles should average out to be your marathon goal pace. Well...my marathon goal is a 3:20, which means my goal pace is 7:38-7:40 per mile. Yikes...that's pretty darn brisk for 26.2 miles. Hell, that's brisk for 1 mile on most days!! Fortunately, I had a pack to run with that eventually narrowed down to myself and Craig by the end. Thank goodness he was there because his footsteps provided a metronome for my mind.

As soon as we hit the 3 mile point, I started my watch to take mile splits on the next 7 miles:


Mile 1: 7:51

Mile 2: 7:44

Mile 3: 7:33

Mile 4: 7:35

Mile 5: 7:36

Mile 6: 7:23

Mile 7: 7:15



Avg Pace: 7:33 BABY!!


Not bad after a 36 mile ride on Friday, 14 mile run Saturday and Sprint triathlon on Sunday! But lemme tell you something...I'm wiped out and I'm racing again this Sunday at the Marble Falls Sprint Tri! Needless to say, I won't be doing much more of anything this week.
except for maybe practicing the splits...

16 comments:

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice pace! Great run!!

And I wish MY wife could do that too!!! (I'm talking about making a banana split...)

I'm glad I could make your butt pucker. Great comment!

amybee said...

You ROCK! Nice job.

That banana split looks awfully delicious.....may have to splurge on a DQ crunch cone today.

Runner Susan said...

ok, so, my run pace is double yours . . . how long did it take you to get so fast?

Borsch said...

Nice Splits! I think I like the banana one the most!

Kathy said...

Good job on the last few days, but by god you make me tired just reading about it all!!!!

Viv said...

Those have to be the best splits ever!! The flexible lady she can keep it. The bananna split well I really don't need that. But the run splits that is what is taking you to your goal time at the marathon, baby! Great job and after busting a move at the couples tri and to still push those out, out Caddy it's all you!

ShirleyPerly said...

I can't believe how casual that girl looks doing her split. The second one looks enticing.

But your run splits look great. Way to finish fast!!

Liam O'Connell said...

thats hilarious

not the splits, the first part!

Cindy Jo said...

Damn girl, you're fast!!!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I'm in for the bananna split!

katy d said...

Sweet Jesus I say to all of those splits. Ummmm- they all appear to be painful as well.

Rice said...

Thats a good pace.. I went for the 3:20-3:20 marathon once but fell flat half way.. never got back on track with it yet. good luck.

Cheers.

Rice.

greyhound said...

Mrs. Greyhound used to do gymnastics.

**sigh**

Rural Girl said...

Holy cats, that's great! You are my inspiration!

triguyjt said...

wow...you bangedout very quick splits as the run went on...awesome job...

gonna ask the bride for a splits demonstration.......

at dairy queen

michelle said...

your my inspiration...I have just GOT to get faster on my run...I feel like a SLUG!! Ok, tomorrow - 1st long run since CDA (hoping for 10, will settle for 7 solid)...