Sunday, September 14, 2008

2 hour run - 16 miles (2:04) in Quartz Hill

I figured out how to make sure I get up early in the morning so that I can get my long runs in....put the alarm clock on the other side of the room.

I got up at 5am, but after putting on my HR monitor, garmin, camelback, mp3 player, hat, and putting 2 gu's and my cell phone in my pockets, I didn't get out until a quarter after. The temperatures were near perfect and the moon was nearly full at the start of the run.

I didn't have a route planned out but I knew I wanted to run for 2 hours and I knew that I wanted to run up some of the long hills in Quartz Hill. I thought I might be able to make it to N and 70th but my turn around ended up being M-8 and 70th. The long hills were on N to 60th and on 65th to M-8 (this was the toughest one).

It was a very similar run to January 12, 2008.

The total mileage was 16 miles in 2:04 (average pace 7:47). I tried to keep an even effort for the whole run. My HR was avg 135-140 for the first hour and avg 145-150 for the second hour. I took a gu at 60 min and 90 min. The Camelback is a must for any run over 75 min.

I will now bore you with all my mile splits:
8:27 (up 65th)

Total elevation gain was 1865ft over the 16 miles. Elevation peaked out at 2754 ft (if you are a daily blog reader you will remember the elevation at my house is 2350).

It was a good run overall, I felt pretty comfortable the whole way. It was my longest run since Boston 5 months ago.

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