I signed up to do a Virtual Marathon through a blog I follow: http://becauseallthecoolkidsaredoingit.blogspot.com/2011/03/may-1st-2011-cool-kids-virtual-marathon.html
I figured it would be a good way to get in some mileage. And, tt was fun to split it all up. When you add up all the times its a PR by more than 45 minutes! Now, if I can figure out how to do that all at once that would be amazing!
Run one: 4/23, Team in Training practice at Griffith Park along the horse trail, which was a lot of soft, loose sand. 8.3 miles, 1 hour 33 minutes, 11:14 pace.
Run two: 4/26, A 5k through my neighborhood. 3.15 miles, 33 minutes, 11:31 pace. It was crazy windy this day and my last mile and a half were into a serious head wind.
Run three: 4/30, I didn't run most of the week, I had reasons, in hindsight, it was a mistake not to run, but its over now. 2.03 miles, 20 minutes 10:02 pace.
Run four: 5/1, OC Half Marathon, I was signed up for this half before the Virtual Marathon, and I figured it would be a great way to finish it out strong. Not running all week and not preparing for a potentially warm day screwed me up big time. It was a good event, and I really liked it, but my time and pace were no bueno. (A full report on OC is coming soon). 13.22 miles, 2 hours 45 minutes (not a PR like I had hoped for, but not my worst half time either), 12:28 pace.
Total mileage for the virtual race: 26.7 miles, 5 hours 11 minutes, 11:38 pace. Not bad and a marathon PR by more than 45 minutes.
All in all, virtual races are fun and a good way to get motivated and get the mileage done!
Now, I've got to get ready to kick some ass in Pasadena and then Alaska!!
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