March 31, 2013 – Easter Sunday

236.5 when woke up this morning.  The van ride and road snacks had an impact but less than I was expecting really.

Watched the kids do their egg and chocolate hunt and hung out with them for a while before finally getting on the treadmill shortly before noon.

Did 16 miles in 2 hours 12 minutes and 10 seconds on the treadmill.  Over 2900 calories.  There was definitely a fair bit of cheating and leaning on the treadmill but I was really able to push the speed and in a lot of cases I was just holding on to make sure I kept the speed up. Was 232 after the run and I only had water for fuel on the run (less than a litre).

I did 10 minute cycles with the first minute being a walk at 4 mph, then 5 minutes at 8 mph and 4 minutes at 7 mph before starting another cycle.  Once in the first hour and twice in the second hour I replaced the 4 minutes at 7 mph with 4 minutes at 8 mph.  There were also three 1 minute periods where I pushed up to 9 mph.

Pretty phenomenal time in the end all things considered – especially when you consider my personal best for the half is 1 hr 46 min 11 seconds and I hit the half distance today in 1 hr 47 min 55 seconds.  Now that is not likely to translate into an outdoor run since I was on the treadmill and cheating a bit but still it was a surprise to see that I was at such a good  cardiovascular spot.  It is 5 weeks today to the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) Half Marathon so hopefully I can push this hard until then and have it translate into a time decently under 2 hours.

Either way I am quite pleased with today’s run and interested to see how beat up I feel in a little while.

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