Saturday, January 16, 2010

20 Miles = DNF

Yep, DNF as in DID NOT FINISH. Why? Poor planning. Weather was looking good today, except for the 20+MPH winds. I knew this BEFORE running, and yet ignored it. DUH! UGH!! STUPID!!! The winds were out of the west, so logic would suggest to run more of a north/south route, but SILLY ME, I ran 10 miles east and then tried, TRIED to run back 10 miles directly into the wind, again, DUH!!

The first 10 rolled off very well, Splits: 9:28, 9:28, 9:34, 9:22, 9:27, 9:33, 9:33, 9:31, 9:36, 9:36.
The turn into the wind, DUH(!!). I was able to hold it together somewhat for the first mile: 10:06, but then, UGH (!!!) 10:30, 10:46, 11:01, 12:01, 11:58....and then FORGET IT!!

Mileage: 16.52
Time/Pace: 2:47:46/10:09
AVG HR: 157
W/T: 33 (22 WC), windy (!!)

Quite disappointed with myself today, because of my poor planning. I should have been able to complete this distance. Next time...


  1. Good splits! I have had many runs like that. I just keep thinking if I just didn't have to turn around!

  2. you still got out there, which is huge. Nice job.

  3. I understand the poor planning....but still, when it comes to weather right now in WNY, it's hard to plan...even on the "mild" days, like today (kind of, minus the wind). If you can get your mileage done, whatever the time, consider it an accomplishment: seriously. This is not an easy time of year to run around here, and if you can keep running, it will pay off when the weather improves!

  4. I agree with the other comments. I would never count a 16-miler as a "DNF." You finished 16 miles, which is a great distance for marathon training. I ran 6 marathons in college, and never ran more than 13 miles in a training run (in fact, that was my longest ever, and most long runs were more like 10 miles). Modern training programs seem to emphasize getting in these ultra long runs. Probably an ok idea, but can lead to injuries. The main thing is to be in very good shape (and rested) by race day.

  5. Thanks all for your comments. I tend to be a bit hard on myself. You folks help to keep me thinking clearly.