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10k Training in Stadtwald Giessen: 2x on 26 Jun 2009

Well, we’ve done it again. We’ve gone off the deep end. Lying awake Thursday night, (remember the time difference) debating whether Michael Jackson was really dead, like TMZ was reporting, or just in a coma, like CNN and the BBC were reporting, Rob suggested something crazy: run twice a day for the next three days to make up for our lack of running this week.

You see, we have a 10k coming up in about 9 weeks, and we both want to run, we both like running, we both want to be fit and healthy. But we have had zero desire to get out there. Not even the race has been enough motivation this (or last) week. We’ve managed at least one run a week, and they were always good–fast without being so on purpose, speed training–but to really maintain, not to mention improve like we both want to do for this race, you have to be committed.

Since the “race on the calendar” gimmick wasn’t working, Rob’s idea to run twice a day surely would. We had been trying to get at least 20 miles in each week, so we figured a 4 miler in the morning followed by an easy 3 in the afternoon would give us 21 miles for the week, but all within 72 hours. Just the kick start we need.

So far, so good.

Morning Run

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 48:40
Pace: 12:10
Notes: I think I pace was actually better than this because I took a detour to my office (our running path goes right by my campus) to pick up the headphones I meant to bring home Thursday and I decided not to stop my watch since Rob was still running (he did 5 miles in this time–way to go, Rob!). Running the rest of the run (about 3 miles!) wasn’t too bad, actually.

Afternoon Run

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 30:47
Pace: 10:16
Notes: I was really only feeling it in my right hip (what is going on there?!) and my thighs… I had some chafing from the morning run, but luckily, Body Glide minimized my discomfort this time. I propose that all skin-tight athletic shorts (or the shorts inside of tennis skirts, in my case) have NO seams in between the legs. Please?


2 thoughts on “10k Training in Stadtwald Giessen: 2x on 26 Jun 2009

  1. Daniel Hargett

    28 Jun on 2009 at 4:27

    Wow you guys are nuts! I really admire you for it though, keep it up!!

    • xgravity23

      29 Jun on 2009 at 16:04

      @Daniel: Everyone needs a little crazy now and then! So when are you going to start running? :)