This wasn't today, but he pretty much looks the same
This was a big weekend for us in terms of mileage. Yesterday we ran 20 miles, it went really well!
It finally felt like spring in Rochester and although it was a little bit cold at the start, it warmed up quickly. We actually both got some color because it was sunny the entire time. We lucked out because we were able to use the bathrooms at the Harley School, where we started, so that we didn't need to make any stops during the run.
The first mile of the run was on the Pittsford Railroad Loop Trail, it isn't a major trail but it also isn't on pavement. I made sure to keep our paces in check, we often go out too fast, and we held around a 10 minute pace.
After that first mile the next four or so were on some roads in Brighton and the city of Rochester. We had run this same route last year during our only 20 miler and it is the hilliest part, but not too bad. We maintained an average of 10:00 minute pace during this part of the run too.
When we got into Genesee Valley Park that's when things got a little messed up. For some reason, Mike couldn't remember which way we were supposed to go to get on the canal path (where we would run our last 15ish miles to Fairport). We ended up doing a loop and then circling back to start going in the right direction. This added about .75 miles to our run, which wasn't a big deal except we had people waiting for us around 12 miles.
We got to Sarah and Mark and they ran with us for 3 miles, it was a great way to break up the run! We actually picked up the pace a bit, some miles were 9:30 pace, and we helped Sarah get her fastest unofficial 5K so far. At 15.5 miles we went our separate ways and at this point Mike and I hadn't stopped yet (except for at a few stoplights and for a brief second while lost in the park, maybe a minute total of "standing" time)!
I had broken the run up into four 5 milers in my head, and this was also when I took my energy gels. I really need to figure out my nutrition because the mocha flavored energy gels that I have been using aren't sitting well with me (of the three I took, the mocha almost made me puke at 15 miles). I needed to start to break the run into smaller increments and just thought to get to 18.6 miles. I think we got there at 3:08 which was 3 minutes faster than my time last week!
Mike and I had thought of doing 20.5 miles but in the end we just wanted to stop at 20, and when we did it felt great! We finished in 3:17, which is a 9:52 average pace. The only bad part about stopping "early" was that we had to walk the .75 miles back to where our car was parked.
Today we both got in our 35 mile rides (Mike now has less than 5 miles to go) and we are going to go swim 1,250 yards later.
This was our first over 100 mile week and although it was tiring at times, I feel really accomplished!
How did your weekend go? What's the most mileage you have logged in one week?