Back on Pace
End of Summer 5k Race Number 35
Sunday, September 9th, 2012
I am back on pace. I am right at 7min/mile pace after 244 miles of racing. I have completed 35 races and I have 15 to go or 106 miles. Today I ran the End of Summer 5k in San Jose and finished in 20:58 or 6:46/mile pace. I have not raced this distance since July 4th and it felt a lot different. Unlike a half marathon there is not time to makes changes in race strategy. I was hoping to get under 21 minutes and I did it.
For some reason I lost focus during mile two and ran 7:01. I picked it back up but the damage was done. I was hoping secretly that I could run 20:30 but I just did not have it today. I knew after 20 yards that it was just going to be a sub 21 minute day at best.
My son-in-law Justin ran today too. He finished 4th overall in 19:15 and first 40 plus. With some more training I think he will be running under 18 minutes soon.
I have known Michael King for over 20 years. We have raced against each other in tons of races over the year. I tried to stay with him today but I just didn't have it. He beat me by about 30 seconds. Michael is a member of the Ujena Fit Club.
The race directors are Emory (pictured) and Juana. This is only their third year and they put on a good event. I will be back and next time will probably run either the 10k or the half marathon. I love the big races I have been running but I enjoy our local races too.
Our crew at the race Justin, Mike, me and Waitman. Catherine taking the photos. I am not running next weekend. We are going to Disneyland with Justin and Lisa and the Grandkids. The next weekend is a 5-miler in San Francisco, then we are off to Eugene Oregon for a 10 miler and then the next Sunday is the San Jose Half Marathon...
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Training Run and Filming with Gerry Lindgren
We met up with Gerry on Friday in Kauai
Friday, September 7th, 2012
I had never met Gerry Lindgren until Friday August 31 in Kauai. Gerry lives in Honolulu and we flew him over for the day. We did a training run which we filmed and then we sat down the talked about everything. I can still remember the day I was glued to the black and white TV set when he beat two seasoned Russian runners to win the 10,000 meters at the USA-USSR Track Meet in Los Angeles. It was July 25, 1964.
I had started running in 1962 and watching Gerry win that race was so inspiring. Just watching him pull that off gave me more drive. Gerry had to be part of our movie. I asked him and he agreed to meet up with us.
It is so beautiful in Kauai and Gerry said it is just as beautiful on Oahu too. I have been there several times and I would agree.
We talked about so many things including how he beat the Russians on the day in July in 1964.
He also gave me some advice on how he would run the hills on the first half of the Kauai Half Marathon. His advice really helped.
We mixed it up and ran in several locations.
Gerry was telling me about his 350 mile weeks. Yes, I said 350 miles. That's a lot of miles...
Mike and Catherine got it all on film. After the run and lunch we sat down and talked for another hour.
We thought this was funny but maybe you had to be there. Thanks Gerry for spending most of the day with us. Good luck with your running. It sounds like you love running just as much as ever. Photos by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club
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