9 Miles in Under an Hour

>> Monday, March 02, 2009

After 2 hours on the trainer on Saturday, I thought it’d be good to fit in a long-ish run on Sunday. So yesterday I headed out for an 8 or 9 miler. Spring was in the air! We just got 4-6 inches of snow on Friday, but there isn’t much ice out there, so this was my first outdoor training run without YakTrax in a while! So I headed out in the 18 degree weather (sans-YakTrax) for a nice, easy-ish run.

After a few miles, I realized I was keeping a decent pace (under 7:00/mile). So I figured I’d stick to it and try to speed up as I went along. I was hopping snow banks, running in the “bike lane” along Summit Ave at times, and dodging icy spots. But overall, the run was going well.

My last 3 miles down Summit Ave before turning for home were:

6:35 (mostly flat)
6:36 (some uphills)
5:47 (some downhills)

I finished 9 miles in 59:13 (6:35/mile average). And I had a negative split by over 2 minutes, too! I’ve NEVER done 9 miles in under an hour! It felt like a good, solid run!

In blog news, I forgot to mention something in my “IM COZ race course preview” post yesterday. That was my 400th post. This is number 401. Who’d-a-thunk?! I never thought I’d get so into blogging and enjoy it SO much. And you readers make it SOOO much more fun! Thanks everyone!


Xenia 3:57 AM, March 02, 2009  

Congrats on the post milestone! Truly impressive. As was that 9-miler.

Christie 5:15 AM, March 02, 2009  

Dang, Steve. What's the rush? I swear it's always like you're running from the law. Great run!

Missy 5:34 AM, March 02, 2009  

Daman it all, that's blazin! Way to go. Let's hear it for spring.

Shannon 5:52 AM, March 02, 2009  

Fast Steve is what you should change your blog name to. YOU make blogging very comical.

Melanie 6:28 AM, March 02, 2009  

Speedy run, and congrats on your 400th post!

joyRuN 6:34 AM, March 02, 2009  

Geez that's fast!

Congrats on #401 :)

duchossois 6:34 AM, March 02, 2009  

Congrats on the 400+ posts, and on a speedy 9 mile training run.

Carly 6:48 AM, March 02, 2009  

That was a speedy run. *throwing confetti for 400th post*

Carolina John 7:42 AM, March 02, 2009  

great run! that a really fast time for that distance. very hard core, dude.

Calyx Meredith 8:11 AM, March 02, 2009  

Woo hoo - a speedy mcfasty pants run and 400+ blog posts!!!

Kim 8:24 AM, March 02, 2009  

can you do my long runs for me? thanks sir speedypants.

Marlene 8:43 AM, March 02, 2009  

9 miles in <1 hour = CRAZY! :) Good job!

Congrats on 400 posts, too. Wow!

FLATOUT JIM 8:59 AM, March 02, 2009  

400 posts, well done young man. Keep up the good work, and all that stuff.

Chad in the AZ Desert 9:33 AM, March 02, 2009  

You really were flying out there. I guess you did a great job keeping in running shape over the winter.

ShirleyPerly 9:34 AM, March 02, 2009  

9 miles in less than an hour -- FABULOUS!

trimybest 9:51 AM, March 02, 2009  


Kelly 10:11 AM, March 02, 2009  

Congrats on the 400. I'm surprised at how much I like blogging as well. But explaining it to people who don't, they must think I'm crazy. I'm all, "well it's like this little community and we all talk about different things like our workouts and races..." I just get a blank stare. Oh well. Thanks for the blog and keep up the good work.

You run was amazing. I hope to get 6-7 in under an hour one of these days. Someday...

Dori 10:42 AM, March 02, 2009  

You're amazing, Steve! I've never done 6 miles in under an hour. Congratulations on your posting milestone.

Dan Isaacs 11:54 AM, March 02, 2009  

Thank us? NO! Thank YOU!

t-odd 12:24 PM, March 02, 2009  

Nice run! Running in the sun at this time of year always seems to help me run faster.

tfh 12:34 PM, March 02, 2009  

Next thing we know, it'll be you're 800th post and you'll be running 18 miles in under 2 hours. ;)


tfh 12:35 PM, March 02, 2009  

YOUR 800th post. And I call myself an editor.

Chic Runner 12:59 PM, March 02, 2009  

wow thanks for making me feel like slug. thanks steve. thanks.

aron 1:02 PM, March 02, 2009  

WOW amazing run... seriously!

congrats on 400 :)

greyhound 3:23 PM, March 02, 2009  

Dude, you are crazy fast. I'm not sure I'm allowed to be friends with you. You could probably pick up 10 seconds per mile just being rid of my essence.

CoachLiz 5:06 PM, March 02, 2009  

That is crazy fast. I'm not worthy. I'm having a smoking fast day if I can get 9 miles in under an hour and and 20 minutes. Again, I'm not worthy.

Blyfinn 5:42 PM, March 02, 2009  

Dang that is awesome. I'm going to get so jealous when reading all the blogs and not being able to run.

Alisa 8:31 PM, March 02, 2009  

401...that is awesome! Yes, please keep em comin' especially ones that contain funny videos of you dressed up in costume running (and blazin' by peeps) or posts of you and Pharmie's crazy 5 hour spin classes.

9 miles in 59 minutes, I'm lucky if I get 6 in an hour. I love living vicariously through your speediness!

Beth 9:44 PM, March 02, 2009  

Congrats on both accomplishments! You are an inspiration in many ways.

X-Country2 11:09 PM, March 02, 2009  

That's a heck of a speedy run! Very impressive.

Michelle 7:40 AM, March 03, 2009  

You are Mr Speedy!!!! What a great run Steve!!!

I am proud of you for sure!!!!

I cannot wait until i can run again!!! I feel it will happen soon!!!

Michelle 7:40 AM, March 03, 2009  

You are Mr Speedy!!!! What a great run Steve!!!

I am proud of you for sure!!!!

I cannot wait until i can run again!!! I feel it will happen soon!!!

lindsay 7:15 PM, March 03, 2009  

wow! 9 miles in an hour! i am so impressed!! and in the snowy landscape, i would've been afraid of wiping out on the ice, but i guess that's what the yaks are for. nice job dude

sRod 6:16 AM, March 07, 2009  

9 mph? Hommie, you better watch out: that's almost faster than some speed limits.

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