Monday, May 24, 2010

The Next Episode...

Last Friday I mentioned that I ran 5.74 miles and hinted that there might be some significants to the figure... well wonder no longer, the mystery is about to be revealed (first LOST and now this?!?)

On June 11th, I'll be running the Madison to Chicago 200 (M2C 200) relay!  A 200 mile 12 man, 36 leg relay that covers 200 miles between Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois (via Milwaukee)...

The significants of the 5.74 miles is that its the distance of the first leg I'm going to run (I'm runner number 11 and will be doing the 11th leg (5.74 miles), 23rd leg (4.95 miles), and 35th leg (7.51 miles)...

And the reason I ran the 5.74 miles on Friday morning is because I figured "what better training than to run the three legs of the relay in a 24 hour span to see where I'm at"... Specificity in training right?

So Friday morning I ran 5.74 miles (8:06 pace),  Friday evening I ran 4.95 miles (7:51 pace), and Saturday morning I ran 7.51 miles (7:57) pace...  

Here's some notes on the run:
  • Friday was my first 2-a-day workout ever!  I felt tired on the friday evening run yet I still ran faster than I did on my morning run... Probably no reason to include 2-a-day workouts on the regular at this point, but maybe someday if the mileage warrants it!
  • Including those 3 runs I got 50 miles total in this week for my most weekly miles this year (previous high was 40)...  on top of that I didn't even log a long run this week (7,10,7,rest,10,8,8)
  • Despite my mileage being so high this week (for me anyway) I was still able to maintain a 8:00 minute average pace for my three practice legs.
Anyway... a lot more on this in the weeks to come but for now I'll leave you with a few teasers
  • We are not going to be a competitive team... in fact we'll be lucky if we can finish! 
  • Our team is semi-officially sponsored by Goose Island Brewery
  • I'm currently working on our own official rap song for the team which I will release on this blog sometime over the next few weeks (assuming i can figure out how to share audio)


  1. Please, Dear God PLEASE, figure out the audio. I gotta hear this.

  2. Sounds like a blast to me! Let's hope the sultry weather we've been having lately is not around for the relay.

  3. I was the 11-person on my relay team last year. It looks like they shortened the 23rd and 35th leg compared to what I ran. You can thank your 12-person for taking on the extra mileage (LOL).

  4. too? That's awesome! My Ragnar relay was so fun and I'm sure you'll have a blast too!

  5. Sounds like a whole lot of fun. Hope your team can finish it and have a blast in the meantime. Congrats on your miles, you are racking them up huh? Is there a chance of Ultra Running in your running career? A rap song........can not wait!! Best wishes on that race.

  6. Wow that sounds like so much fun. I live in Chicago. I look forward to reading more about your experience with this race.

  7. Ooooh Goose Island Brewery... amazing chips :D I miss them.... You'll do great! And way to go for kicking ass with a 2-a-day workout!

  8. I love hitting Goose Island when I am Chicago. A worthy (semi) sponsor indeed!

  9. SEMI officially sponsored???? That is awesome! I was recently in chicago for training and def had my fill of their IPA. Good times.