We couldn’t have had better weather for Tuesday’s 20 mile run/walk. The first 10-mile lap from my sister’s house out to Ouabache State Park felt pretty good. We ran the first 3, including a 9:36 Mile 3 (splits below), then split the next chunks of that lap up evenly between jogging and walking.
I broke out my new Newton Gravity shoes for the seond 10-mile lap, which was far tougher but led to a couple of interesting discoveries:
1. Realizing what a boost we got from changing out shoes, and realizing that we pretty much wear the same size, we might pool our shoe options during the 90-mile run/walk on Nov. 9. My Newtons were well-padded compared with my worn out Saucony Kinvara 3s, and they initially felt great, but at this point I can’t imagine wearing them for more than a few miles at a time because my calves were screaming by the end of this 10-mile lap. (In their defense, they’re built for running, and they only seemed to bother me when we were walking, not so much during running segments.) But Traci likes them and said she wouldn’t mind wearing them for a lap or two, and I could spend some time in whatever new shoes she comes up with.
2. Technology, in the form of Traci’s mileage tracking phone app, could make a huge difference in a mega-mileage event like this. Case in point: Waiting to meet up with Grandma Linda, who was bringing us water, we kept walking around a parking lot at the state park and adding to our mileage, which allowed us to turn around sooner and gave us a real morale boost.
3. My shoe break-in aside, we felt like we got pretty good rest and recovery from our walking segments without having to go overly slow. We split jogging and walking in this 20-miler, with an average pace of 12:57 per mile and a total time of 4 hours, 19 minutes, including a bathroom break/food and shoe change. Though it’s freaky to think about adding 70 miles on top of this in less than 2 weeks, we’ll probably cut down how much jogging we do considerably after the 20-mile mark.
4. It is extremely important that we focus on only the chunk of trail we’re working on at any given point. It is extremely detrimental to entertain thoughts like, “We can’t possibly do this for 70 more miles, can we?”
Splits below, in three different screen captures from Traci’s phone: