Defn: a human male displaying evidence of devolution - exhibits distinctive "caveman-like" tendencies. This man often dribbles in public places; cannot drink a beverage without spilling it on himself, the floor or someone else; may also run into objects like lampposts & bushes; has a definite "sloopish & short legged" running style that is slow and low to the ground, often resulting in the dragging of knuckles.

These throwback neanderthals, along with their questionable diet, should clearly be avoided.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

20 better miles beats 20 miles of feeling beat

Did the same 20 miles today as I did last week.   Santa Fe Trail Nth from Woodmen up 10 miles and back.  Similar weather to last week (upper 30's, snow / flurries).  This week I was just smarter.  Ate better the day before (thanks to Fargo's Spaghetti and meat sauce).  More Oatmeal for breakfast helped too.  Throughout the run I took a Shot Block every 20 minutes, w/ water.  Didn't fell like my body was wasting away w/ carb depletion or wanting to throw up.   Sure the knees were creaking  aching at times, but that is something I have come to expect.  Wanted to go out easy and then towards the end try to pick up the pace a little - (which was something I could not do last week - the wheels fell off at 15 miles).  So, first 10 miles up I maintained a fairly easy 8:55 pace.  Turned around and decided I was feeling good enough to pick up the pace.  Through mile 12 I stayed at 8:55, then w/ 8 to go I thought this would be a good time to try to run marathon pace while already feeling tired.  So I set out to go 8 min pace for the last 8 miles.  4 miles in I was averaging 7:55 pace and feeling quite strong.  Thought came to mind, what about seeing how fast I could do the last 5K.  Talked myself into it over the next .9 miles at 7:55 pace.  With 3.1 miles to go I decided to not look at the watch for the rest of the way and push - in hopes of maybe doing 7:40 avg.  I pushed on a little stronger, admittedly looking at the watch a couple of times, mostly at the distance - 20 miles came up and I was quite surprised, quite happy too.  Did the last 5K in 23 mins flat = 7:25 pace.  That's a good 5K time for me, figure in it came after running 17 miles and I patted myself on the back.  Then I collapsed in my car for a few minutes, drove home and could barely walk inside - oh, the reality of being 43.  Overall: 20 miles, total time 2hrs, 49 minutes, 8:26 avg, followed by a good nap.


  1. 20! Solid stuff. (don't forget - registration for BTMR)

  2. Thanks. I signed up just now. Hoping to improve on last years time. (2:20:41)