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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Stats as of 31 August 2011

August 2010
75.7 miles
16 hours, 14 minutes
Avg Pace: 12:53/mile
Annapolis Ten Mile Run 2010: 2:00:54 (12:05/mile)

August 2011
86.1 miles -- 10.4 miles more than in 2010
19 hours, 31 minutes -- 3 hours, 22 minutes longer than in 2010
Avg Pace: 13:36/mile -- 43 seconds slower than in 2010
Annapolis Ten Mile Run 2011: Cancelled due to Hurricane Irene :(

Year Totals:
430.2 miles at 12:58 per mile

My group on our 20 mile run, August 20, 2011
I have to admit, these stats look a bit disappointing.  I was trying to figure out why I was so much slower this year than last year, and I came up with a few conclusions:  1) Last year, I had two August races, but this year the Hadassah 8K fell into July (the 31st to be exact) and the Annapolis Ten Miler was canceled, so I didn't run any miles at race pace.  2) Last year, I also ran more runs inside on the treadmill and did a magic mile during August, all of which increases my pace.  3) Last year, my longest run in August was 16 miles, while this year I had an 18 miler and a 20 miler, forcing me to slow down for those long runs.

So, it's really circumstantial that I don't have the speed this year that I had last year.  Still, even my short runs seemed super slow, so I think I need to put some focus into doing some speed work over the next month or so.

Like I said, I've now made it up to 20 miles with my group.  This weekend was supposed to be a 22 miler, but the schedule was changed slightly so that we'll be dropping back down to 17 miles.  We have a lot of new group members and they'll need the extra time.  Quite frankly, I could use the lower mileage just for my own sanity.  Once we get through that run, we'll have a 23 miler and a 26 miler and then we'll be going into taper.

It's getting cooler and I must say that I really love running in the fall.  I think I appreciate running in all four seasons, but fall and spring are the best.  I have two short trips this coming month as well, but I should be able to still get my mileage in.

Happy September, and have a lovely holiday weekend!


LB said...

nice mileage! i wouldnt worry too much about the speed.

running in the fall is my favorite, you get instant speed when the heat and humidity go away. im so excited because i didnt get to run at all last fall. yay fall!!!

marathonmaiden said...

great job getting up to that 20 miler.

bummer about the pace this year being slower. mine is too and i'm trying to roll with it. hopefully some fall temps push us both faster soon.

Black Knight said...

I give more importance at the mileage than the speed and you are right, the races influence the monthly pace.
Glad you have a nice group to run the long distance runs with. Here we are doing the same to spend a couple of hours together.

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