Sunday, June 7, 2009

28 mile weekend in Phoenix!

I missed a post on Thursday but put in 8 miles in 59 minutes (7:23 pace) and felt great!

Friday night I left for Phoenix. My cousin Will Schmid was ordained as a Catholic Preist on Saturday! It was an incredible ceremony and he has worked very hard to get to where he is now. He is a great person and will help many people.

I stayed with relatives in a time share in Scottsdale (the north east corner of Phoenix). I had mapped out a running route before I left using google maps.

Saturday I got in 8 miles in 59:18 (7:25 pace). What I didn't realize looking at the satellite image is that the route I chose was a steady uphill all the way out and downhill all the way back. I felt great on Saturday averaging 7:40 on the uphill (probably 3-5% grades), and 7:00 on the way down.

Sunday I got in a 20 miler! The route I picked on google came out to be almost exactly 20 miles on the Garmin 305. I extended the run from Saturday so the course was 10 miles uphill and 10 miles downhill with grades a little steeper towards the peak. It took me 2:36:19 for 20 miles (avg pace 7:50). I was averaging 8:20's on the way up and 7:20 on the way down. There were some low points where I wondered if I could make it but was able to rally back and finish. Then I hopped in the pool for 10 minutes! It ended up being a very good run, tough by myself, but gave me some mental confidence for July 5th!


Chuck said...

Good job hanging tough and completing your 20 miler.

Ron said...

DUUUUDE way to go. Nice run. Im not sure but I THINK YOUR READY!

DCHS XC said...

Way to go. Another 20 miler in 2 weeks and your ready for 30 on July 5.