Wednesday, July 1, 2009

217 Miles in June

Welcome to July. I ran a total of 217 miles in June which is the most I have ran in one month. This seems like a lot until you read Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes. Have you read that book yet? I just finished it last night and all I can say is, I will never think of pain from running the same ever again. He ran 226 miles in one weekend without stopping. The things that man has done is truly amazing. Who knew the human body can be put such extreme conditions as the South Pole, Death Valley, and 200 mile relays alone and still keep moving. There is a chapter in the book about losing control of your bodily functions because of running. I am not going to repeat it, I will just say, you have to read it. I have never laughed so hard in my life. I have to say that my body hates me when I push it too hard, so while what happened to him has never exactly happened to me, I can relate. Anyways, it is an awesome book and I highly recommend reading it if you are looking for a good running book.

Another book I finished recently was Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running by Rachel Toor. This book was a combination of articles that Rachel Toor wrote for Running Times, I think. Because of this, there really isn't a story, but rather a bunch of short stories and things she learned from running. This book was a very fast read and fun. She is very funny and an amazing runner as well. Do you know of any good books to read right now? I am looking for running books but also anything that sounds good, I have already read the Twilight series.

This morning I ran 14 miles in 2:07 for a 9:07 average pace. WAY too fast but this girl was not going to go slow in the rain. I swear 85% of my runs have been in the rain lately. My shoes are soaked and my legs are tired. The kids are happy as I am too tired to put them to bed, so they got to stay up late waiting for Daddy to get back from his run to put them to bed. The rest of the week will be recovery runs as my 5 mile race is on Saturday. I am hoping I didn't do too much damage going that fast today, I seriously didn't think my pace was that fast, but the harder the rain came down, the faster I went.


mamasweeds said...

217 miles, awesome stuff. I've never read Ultramarathon Man but now I'm intrigued, the PR book too. Thanks for the ideas.

The only running book I ever read was Hal Higdon's Marathon book. On my to read list is The Raw Food Detox Diet, because I've seen it mentioned on so many blogs and am interested in learning more about the benefits of raw foods. Also on my list is Outliers, written by Malcolm Gladwell, the same guy that wrote The Tipping Point.

Caroline said...

Holy Smokes, you're just ripping up concrete there!!! 217 miles is so impressive, wow.

It's funny too how certain things can make us run faster, like the rain. I also find the rare times I have to run on the treadmill, I crank up the speed because I can't wait to be done, hehe.

Those books look like great reads, thanks for the tips! Have you already read Once A Runner?

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Those books sound great. Man can I relate to bodily functions, thankfully mine was the yellow variety..

WOW that is a lot of miles, you are one dedicated chic, keep it up!!

FYI my Giveaway is up...go check it out. Have a great weekend!!