AM: 3M wu (1M alt 400s 5:17) + strides; 10k race (32:22); 8M cd (54 min) :: 17M
Pros and cons in the decision to run Get in Gear:
This is a recovery period. Really shouldn't be racing.
Not 100% healthy after the 100k (hamstring is still a little tight).
I'll get my ass kicked.
I've been a bit sluggish. A hard run would help flush the system
Where am I at fitness-wise?
I live 4 blocks from the course and it is going to be a gorgeous days.
Backup for our GEAR team that was bit short on numbers for this race.
Pros: 4 Cons: 3
I ended up registering last night at about 6:30 p.m. It doesn't get much more last minute than that. My thinking was that I would run a controlled effort for the first four miles and see if I could pick it up. Given that I've run about 80M in the last 3 weeks I would consider it a good day if I ran around 32:00.
I woke up feeling pretty good, all things considering. I got in a good 45 minutes of stretching before heading out for a warmup. I felt so-so on the warmup, but then I followed it with some barefoot strides on the football field across the street. That added some pep and I went to the starting line feeling confident that I could at least run respectable.
I went out a little too aggressively (4:59), but it felt comfortable. However, I was very confident that I was not going to run 31:00 today so I settled in to a relatively steady pace through the hill to St Thomas. I believe I heard 10:07 (5:08), 15:23 (5:15), 20:40 (5:17) and 25:57 (5:17) for splits. The whole way I was running pretty comfortably (for a race), but anytime I attempted to pick it up I struggled a litle. As we came over the Ford Pkwy bridge I had the urge to kick it in, but I thought better of it and simply maintained the effort through the line. I finished 16th overall.
I'll be honest, it stings a little bit not to be up there forcing the issue, but I'm secure enough to recognize the situation and realize I'll be back up there soon. I needed to take this break now if I want to run fast come fall And really the race dynamic was the same running in the second group as it is leading the race. I was mixing it up with Kelly Mortenson, Michael Stoick, Digger Carlson, etc. People were passing back and forth the whole time. That makes me think that I could continue to do this once I'm no longer looking to win the overall. I just have to realign my goals. It takes away some of the dread and the accompanying pressure that this will all come to an end as i get older.
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