3 February 2013

Long Run - Blow Up!

Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Run.

I had a great start to this run. My plan, if you can call it that, was to run out as fast as I could. Shooting for my goal pace required to qualify for Boston. 3:15:00 is what I need to run, so that means 7:26/mile pace. I was shooting for sub 7:30… I ended up making it to mile 14 at that pace. But then I started blowing up really bad. By mile 16 my average was still 7:29, but I was running closer to 8:00/mile. Then I really slowed down and realized I was getting a blister (this time, similar to the one from the Quadzilla, but on my other foot).

Anyway, I think the key here is that even though from cardiovascular perspective I can handle it, my muscular or neuromuscular endurance aren’t there… not to mention my running stride is apparently different enough that it causes me blisters.

The solution: run more!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 02/03/2013
  • Time: 12:43:00
  • Total Time: 3:24:24.00
  • Average Heart rate: 136
  • Max Heart rate: 152
  • Calories: 2399
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Average Pace: 8:10.46/mile
  • Max Pace: 7:19.02/mile

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Me in 2002 - 200lbsThis is my fitness blog. Some people who knew me a long time ago may wonder, what the heck I'm doing writing a blog about fitness. Many of them wouldn't imagine that I'd have anything to do with fitness. You see, up until age 34, I treated my body very poorly. I sat around at home, at work, at play. I ate junk food and lots of it. And the result was what you'd expect 5'4" and 200 lbs with 36% body fat. (more...)