Monday, September 5, 2011

Aetna Park to Park 10 Miler

Ran the Park to Park 10 miler today. What a great day for racing! Nice and cool at the start time of 7am and throughout the race. Man - I'm ready for that cooler weather. I think everyone out here is just feeling so beaten down from all the hot weather running this past summer. I know I am, and this morning was a welcome respite.

Ran a 1:08:02 which put me 11th out of 55 in my division. Not great (place-wise), but yikes there are some fast guys out there today! btw - I would have been the same place in the division down and actually 7th two divisions down in age (35-39). Sheesh... maybe I need to start lying about my age :-D

Place aside, that's about the pace I was expecting / hoping for (6:48 overall). I was shooting to run 6:45 - hoping maybe I'd be a little faster because of the extra tapering I did. Literally have been bouncing off the walls in the past couple days (which is a good sign usually). Mile 8 could have been better - I think I just slacked off a bit with a 7:04 split - Would have been nice to see 1:07 and change - just mentally! And 10 seconds on mile 8 would have done it. So close!

The course is really beautiful. It starts in City Park, winds down through Cheesman Park, then passes through Wash (ington) Park to finish in the South High School stadium. I love finishing on the track. When you hit that track surface you just feel like you can fly! Great crowd, great food and a live band at the end. Maureen, the race director (and my coach) did a really great job.

So next up is the Denver 1/2 Marathon. Based on how I was feeling at the finish, I think I can hit that pace for the 1/2. That would give me another sub 90 1/2 and a  nice lead-in to the CA International Marathon in December!

Next couple weeks is some promised recovery running. I think I mentioned a bit back that I was just feeling a little fried and my coach promised me some mileage, but less intensity for the next couple weeks.  Also, the less intensity will be a good opportunity to lose that weight I've been trying to. I've come down a pound or two, but I just keep thinking with some discipline and calorie timing, I can go lower by 5lbs before December. I think that will pay off so long as I take it slow and easy and keep the strength training up.

I'm also going to get in the pool and start working on swimming. I've been toying with the idea of doing one (or a few) triathlons next season. Paige has inspired me :-) But first I need to spend some time remembering how to not sink to the bottom of the pool. I don't think the open water will bother me (I grew up swimming on some gnarly stuff on the lake) - but I need to get a decent stroke under me by next summer.

Also REALLY looking forward to snowboarding season! It's starting to feel like fall here and I spent some time at the Ski Rex (big ski sale) today. I didn't buy anything of course, but it jazzed me up to think about sliding along on the fluffy stuff again!

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