So I did it on New Year's Day...a Baylands long run, but this time I circumnavigated Moffet field rather than doing the Steven's Creek trail. So, more dirt paths that take a bit more energy but still a decent 20 miler:
YBP is 7th out of 30 runs I've done from 18 to 23 miles. Not a bad run......9:18 is about MP plus about 30s (assuming my MP will be about 8:50 on the garmin..perhaps wishful thinking)
Here are the runs for the last 30 days:
The run on 12/28 was special: Toni and I went to Puerto Vallarta Mexico between Xmas and new years, and I found a municipal track across the street from our hotel! I got to run 13.1 miles on a very nice rubber track with the locals. It was very fun to see a track team show up and hear the coach yelling at the kids in Spanish. Coaches are the same the world over, aren't they? ;)
The run on 1/5 on Sunday was near Yosemite at 6,000 ft. I ran some loops on the road where my friend's house was. There was quite a little hill on each loop so I racked ~700' of climbing. At that altitude it was a good VO2 max workout!
No HRM for that run and some other runs that have no HRM, they show up as zero YPB. The other older HRM I have fired up seems to be working fine, esp now that the super cold temps are gone. However, the YPBs are crazy crazy good.
The last run of 9.6 on 1/8 miles shows this...1.595 is awesome... I have stopped a few times and taken my HR and it checks out. If I look at runs between 8.5 and 11 miles (~100 of them) this is the third most efficient. All of the top runs in that report are from either NOW or from 2009 when I was 5 years younger.
The run the day before (1/7) I did 3 miles at 7:55, 7:52 and 7:36 and I still did the 9.6 the next day at a good clip on tired legs.
Perhaps all my hard running has really broken me through a bit? Hard to say..but I'm wondering. We'll see what happens in the last 4 weeks of this buildup!
So far no niggles. I didn't have my foam roller in Mexico or Yosemite and so I needed to do a bunch of it when I got home..lots of trigger points....It's really essential for me.
Some shots from a Yosemite hike:
This weekend is the 13.1 time trial, and next weekend after that is the last 20 miler before the taper.