Saturday, November 20, 2010

16 km (10 miles)


If you are reading this post it means ... I am still struggling to finish my 10 mile run today.  Depending on when you are checking in, I am either, trying to find a bush or washroom to pee in, hacking up a slime ball and launching it onto the sidewalk, trying to figure out why my playlist has stopped on my iPad, fiddling with my drink, trying to down some nutrition while running, or looking for a place to pee (AGAIN).

Coach Parker says this is the last long run and we start doing honest speed work for the remainder of my training.  But I don't mind the long runs ... I'm just so slow that they start sending search parties out after me!

25 comments:

Raegun said...

That is some serious distance. I see Coach Parker has conveniently sent you trucking-it past the hospital towards the end of your run....hmmmm. ;) Just kidding. This is very impressive, Andrew!

Lisa said...

Hope it goes well!

Barefoot Neil Z said...

Runners are gross, and no said it was going to be easy. Enjoy every minute, as this is proof that you are alive!

ShutUpandRun said...

This appears to be a fairly popluated area, so hopefully you were able to find a cozy 7-11 bathroom where you could drop of the kids, so to speak.

Wow, 10 miles. That is no small change. Here's hoping it went well!

Still Running said...

I live just the other side of the Mississauga/Etobicoke border (hey Neighbour!). There's a Tim Hortons washroom on every corner in Mississauga, isn't there? Way to go on 10 miles.

Zaneta said...

10 miles?! AWESOME!! :) i hope its going well!! :)

Patrick Mahoney said...

Hey Andrew, Hope it went well. It'll feel good to knock that distance off, that's for sure.

Andrew Opala said...

Survived ... but I didn't nick my target pace ... I wanted to run an 11:25 in the middle 8 miles, and I only ran an 11:31.

Plus I don't know how I managed it, but I ran 3 legs of the square into a 17 mph headwind! But mind you the lower left leg was with a nice tailwind. Had to stop for lights pretty much at ever 1/2 mile intersection ... that's what you get for running on a busy Saturday morning.

Barb (@Still Running), I actually stopped at pizza pizza for a refreshing bathroom visit and a slice of deluxe.

Every place on my route except city-run community centers or libraries says "For customers only - ask a staff member for the key". So the pizza slice was a necessity - I did not enjoy it one bit.

Plus perhaps more good news ... I dropped below 250 lbs in my weigh-in after the run!

Paul said...

Hi Andrew,

Went out for 10 also, quit at 6.8.... running in a cold rain here today (yuk)!

Hey, why is this your last long run..are you headed for another 10k race or something?

-paul

Johann said...

Well done! That's a great long run for you. You are making incredible progress.

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

awesomeness! I like that's it's a big square. Mine is a small one and would be going around several times. =/

*Andrew, please read my blog post yesterday. I am shamelessly plugging it coz I don't want YOU to miss it. Kindly read and you'll understand why =) http://www.hotlegsrunner.com/2010/11/to-dearest-my-blog-buddies.html

heather said...

Wow, ten miles! Congrats on the distance and the weight loss! Rest a bit and have a great weekend!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I honestly think mapmyrun should include bushes suitable for potty breaks, don't you???

Great job on the 10 miles...

Goose said...

Andrew, congrats on the weigh in and the 10 miles! Both are huge accomplishments.

Jill said...

Um....that's not quite what the coachy said! She said that is the longest of the long runs for awhile - meaning, we won't bump up that distance for awhile. I believe you already ARE doing speedwork, speedy!! Wonder if digesting, or trying to digest, a piece of pizza mid-run had anything to do with pace??? Just a thought! Nice job!!! :)

Her Name is Rio said...

10 miles- you've come a long way! Great job!

Julie said...

Way to go Andrew!!! I remember my first ten miles....it felt like a marathon to me:) You did great!

termite said...

i think you're doing great, Andrew! 10 miles is a huge accomplishment.

FruitFly said...

10 miles - with a strong headwind. You're the man, Andrew!!

Ewa said...

Good job Andrew. 16k is a long but trust me, with your determination soon you will look back at it and think it was nothing.
A decent pit stop place is worth a slice of pizza, I think. It is not like you have to eat it.
Congrats.

Matty O said...

This may sound stupid but... how the hell do you run with an Ipad?!

Pizza and THEN running, screw your distance, screw your time, you need to focus on this aspect! I would have thrown up a few times after trying that feat.

Good job man. That 250 mark was the tipping point for me.

Christina said...

Yes, I want to know how you ran with an iPad. And how did you manage to run with the pizza too!

Nitmos said...

Should we send out the search party?

Adam said...

HA - Matty totally stole my comment. i ASSUME you meant iPOD - either that or you're running with a baby biorn and you NEED to post pictures.

Mmmmm, mid run pizza stop... delish

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