Sunday, September 20, 2009

Heat wave weekend long runs: Karl runs 13.1

Andi got in her last long run before the marathon on Saturday morning with Clay. They ended up running 19 miles in 2 hours 46 minutes (8:47 pace). It got hot in a hurry and they both struggled with hydration in the second half even with Clay's daughter on the bike riding support. Here are their splits: 8:54 8:48 8:33 8:34 8:31 8:12 8:41 8:10 8:14 8:18 8:28 8:32 8:50 9:21 8:33 8:43 9:05 8:55 8:55. Dawn met up with them on the last 6 miles.

We got Andi in an ice bath when she returned home and got her drinking accelerade right away. She was complaining of some muscle cramping in both hamstrings by the end. I don't know what the temps were but I would guess they reached the mid to high 80s. There is no shade up there on the aqueduct. See Clay's blog for his commentary.

I got out a little later than planned this morning with the plan of running 12-14 depending how my left leg felt. It felt surprisingly good. The route was more of a run-about. I ran to QHHS, did two miles on the track, then ran to Lane Park and did two miles around the park. After that I did an out and back on 52nd to K. My legs felt pretty good until about 9 miles when it started to really heat up again. Today the limiting factor was not my lungs or legs but rather the heat. It is just hard to keep pace when your core temperature rises too high and your body starts to shut down. At one point I thought I could make 14 miles but settled with 13.1 (a half marathon) in 1:42:01 (avg pace 7:47). My splits were 8:11, 7:59, 7:47, 7:47, 7:24, 7:57, 7:43, 7:38, 7:33, 7:29, 7:45, 7:51, 8:08.


It seems like the whole world had a heat wave this weekend. Today in Berlin, Haile Gebriselasse attempted to break his own marathon world record, but high temps kept him to a 2:06:08. There isn't more than a handful of people in the world who can be disappointed with a 2:06. His only competition (a 2:04 marathoner) dropped out and did not finish.

In Philadelphia, Ryan Hall won the Philadelphia Distance run in 1:01:52 beating out three kenyan runners. In an earlier interview he thought he was capable of a sub 59 min half, but again I think heat was a factor in the "slower" times. The high was in the mid 70s.

I can't believe I ran in long sleeves on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures.


Chuck said...

Andi....Great job on your 19 miler!

Karl....Glad to hear that your knee is feeling better. I really appreciate the information on the Berlin Marathon and the Philadelphia Half.

P.S. It was also very warm in Ohio for the Air Force Marathon. I was able to run a very comfortable 7:30 pace for the marathon.

Karl Stutelberg said...

Congrats Chuck on a good race in Ohio. Hope you had a good time.

Chuck said...

The U.S. Air Force did a fantastic job with the race organization! The state of Ohio was beautiful and the people were very friendly. Went and watched the Reds beat the Marlins at the new Great American Ballpark. My daugther, her girlfriend, and I had a great time!

E. Stutelberg said...

Karl, did you know that the world record for running a marathon with a baby jogger is 2:40! You have to have a baby in it to qualify as a record. You still have a chance to break it if Micah can sit still for that long...