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Progressive run at Ackerman

18 miles w/ 10 at progressive tempo at Ackerman Lake (2.5 mile trail loop)
AM: 5 mile warm-up, 4x2.5 mile trail loop in
16:15, 16:13, 15:24, 15:04 (6:30/6:29/6:09/6:01)
2.5 mile cool down

Yesterday when I started my warmup it was only 75 degrees and 90% humidity...but by the time I finished it it was in the mid to upper 80s- still cooler than what it has been so no complaints.
Houston was taking his team out to Ackerman lake to run a fartlek on the 2.5 mile public trail so they could 1.) get off the roads and 2.) run as a team without worrying s much about traffic.I felt like it was a great opportunity to get a hard long run on the trails, seeing as I haven't ran on them since NACAC.

The course has lots of twist and turns and the surface is dirt, bridge, and gravel- therefore making garmin practically useless. Houston claims it adds about 10 seconds per mile to what one would "normally" run on the roads (however I'm pretty good a trail running, so I am not so sure th…

Hill Work Part II

My lack of blogging lately has been due to work and life living with an almost 3 year old. I let the cat out of the bag the other day that we would soon have a "Birfday Party" and we have spent every night since planning out the details (Dora or animal theme, who are we inviting, what the cake will have on it). I am also just over 2 weeks away from the Poland trip and I am trying my best to have everything (work related) completely done before I leave. A "vacation" durring the first month of the fall semester is not recommended.

I'm in the thick of marathon training, the last two weeks brought two (very difficult) 20 mile runs in 95-100% humidity. The first one was great for the first 9...then so miserable that I turned my garmin off after 14 and suffered through the last 6 saving myself the embarrasment of knowing the splits for those miles. The very next week was much improved. Besides 94% humidity, the temps had dropped to mid 70s and I coasted along for mos…


AM: 15 min w/u6 miles continuous on Mt.Schmidt (aka Bevel Hill) alternating down hill mile, up hill mile 5:43, 6:41, 5:36, 6:54, 5:41, 7:01 for 37:39 total (90 seconds faster than last time) 12 min c/d PM: 4 miles moderate
Mt. Schmidt is a mile long hill about 25 minutes from our house in the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. Before NACAC I went out there with Houston and Renee for this same workout, which I ran in about 39:10. Honestly, it might have been more humid last time, but I also had friends suffering along with me. Yesterday, I was running solo, while Houston drove up and down the mountain shouting out words of encouragement and throwing me a water bottle...I couldn't have done it without him.
In college I ran this workout a few times, though we used to start at the bottom and run the first up-hill fresh. Because Poland is a down-up course we have been starting at the top, taking the first climb on tired legs. 
By the time the last climb came around I didn't think I was going to ma…