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The Tuff Tune-Up 
12th-Feb-2011 02:12 pm
I ran in the final organized training run this morning for the upcoming 8-Tuff Miles race here on St. John. The route this morning covered the first 5.5 miles of the course, everything but the final long downhill. And I did it in 1hr 21m!

To get a sense for what I just ran, you can see the elevation versus distance charted here.

Things I learned:
1) On the steepest uphills, it is slightly faster and a LOT less tiring to power walk than to run/jog.

2) On the steepest downhills, it is MUCH faster and a lot easier and less tiring to skip / gallop than to attempt to run. People give you funny looks though as you shoot past them...

3) I am able to keep up a nice solid pace for the entire course, only switching from jog to power-walk for a few of the steepest sections.

4) These are indeed TUFF miles, particularly the first few!!!

Two weeks from now is the main event - I'm excited!

PS: Thank you serolynne for getting me out of bed at crazy-o-clock, driving me to the start, and being there cheering at the finish. She rocks!
12th-Feb-2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Congrats and good luck!
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