Saturday, January 24, 2009
Windy and Cold... Perfect for a long run!
Got out this morning for my 14 miler, felt pretty good despite the 15 mph winds (>25 mph gusts) and 30 degree temps! Got going trying to keep the pace somewhere around 8:15 to 8:30 min/mile and maintained that pretty well, with the exception of mile 7 where there was a hill with 14% grades. Beat me down a bit and slowed that mile down to about a 9:00 min/mile pace, and even needed to walk for a brief second before getting going again. Overall maintained a 8:22 pace, with miles in 8:05, 8:13, 8:35, 8:43, 8:37, 8:26,9:02, 8:25, 8:15, 8:12, 8:24, 8;05, 8:03, and finishing at 7:31 min/mile. Did end up with some serious chaffage and some bad blisters, but happy with the effort overall! Much better than my 12 miler last weekend...
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!