Sunday, September 21, 2008

I Would Run One Thousand Miles...

On the road again...

Disclaimer: I actually can't stand that song but it seemed fitting.

Yes, people, I cracked that barrier yesterday. One thousand miles. Too bad I was so wiped out at the end I completely forgot about flashing the super-secret sign of the "Thousand-Mile Club" as suggested by Big. I busted through my 16-mile run at an average pace of 8:40/mile, which was perhaps a wee bit faster than necessary, and I paid for it later in the day when I collapsed for a good two hour nap.

I scared the crap out of an acquaintance of ours whose house was conveniently situated around mile 10 of my run. I was fighting "the urge" and we decided to stop there to see if someone was home so I could use the bathroom. Upon arrival we found the front door unlocked, cars in the driveway, but no one answered our shouts and so I went directly inside and upstairs whereupon I caused a massive dog ruckus and our friend was roused out of sleep in the most unfortunate way: by a flushed, sweaty person dancing from toe to toe in his hallway while two dogs emitted frenzied chaotic barking. Fortunately we're on good terms with the guy so barging unannounced into his house at 10:15 am wasn't a problem. I zipped off with a new spring in my step for the final six miles of the run and even pulled off a couple of 8:25-ish miles I felt so good. New route, nice weather, husbandly accompaniment, passing 1,000 miles, four weeks left until the marathon.

Country roads, take me home...

My personal trainer Darwin will show me how it's done.

Here is where all I could muster was a thumbs-up. I was on the verge of total meltdown.

Final stats:
16 miles
2:18:48
8:40/mile
1000.5 miles for the year!
Post-run rehydration: Michigan Brewing Company's Superior Stout and Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale. I also sampled the Imperial IPA...OOOOOEEEEE!!! We went to the brewery for lunch. John bought a starter homebrewing kit. Look out!

14 comments:

dirtdawg50k said...

You are defintely killing it lately. Taper smart and you will have a smoking debut @ Detroit

Kolla said...

Hey! Found your blog a few weeks back and been a voracious reader since. Even joined the headband club (honestly think it makes me faster).
For some reason your blog inspires me to get off my ass and hit the road, so please keep on blogging!!

Congrats on the 1000th mile - awesome job!

Running Knitter said...

That is an amazing milestone. Congrats!

Big said...

Congrats on 'M' miles, what a huge milestone. Startling your friend to use his restroom is hilarious! I wish my friends left their doors unlocked.

RazZDoodle said...

If I get that song stuck in my head for the rest of the day, I will hunt you down and you'll be running for another 1000 more. :)

congrats on the milestone! VERY IMPRESSIVE!

Nitmos said...

Well, another great run. One more LR to go...

Megan said...

congratulations!

Sarah said...

Kolla-- Hi! I love hearing from new (and old readers)!

Big-- I wish my friends left their doors unlocked.

One of the benefits of living in the country, I guess! Don't worry about burglars...worry about random (crazy running) friends using your restroom instead.

Razz-- WELL I WOULD WALK FIVE HUNDRED MILES AN I WOULD WALK FIVE HUNDRED MOAR...and don't forget the "havering" or whatever it is.

Viper said...

Dude, I already linked to that song this year ... get original. Congrats on the post-run beers! Sounds tasty. Oh, and I guess congrats on the 1,000 miles. Pfft!

Leslie said...

Wow! Just WOW!!!

D10 said...

Great job on the run and well done on hitting the 1,000 mile mark.

Big said...

RE: well, now I’m curious to know if you will use the camelbak. And does the sloshing drive you mad, or worse, make you have to pee? These are things I worry about.

Maggs said...

Hi, just found your blog. Congrats on 1000 miles. That's a great milestone. Looks like you'll have a great marathon!

mrjwhit~ said...

What a great accomplishment. Very exciting. I am digging your blog as well. Thanks for sharing.