Ran my last half Marathon of Year
Just nine more races to go!
Sunday, November 11th, 2012
Okay, I did want to run a little faster and I was on pace for eight miles (6:58 pace at that point) but I slowed down and ran 7:17 to 7:21 miles for the last five miles. I didn't fall apart, I didn't feel like I didn't have the energy, I just slowed down. It is easy to loose focus. This was my 12th and last half marathon of my challenge. I ran 1:33:34 which is 7:07/mile pace.
At the Humboldt Half Marathon Pam Kennedy (pictured above with me) and I ran several early miles together. It was one of those times when you don't say anything but we just connected as two runners pacing off of each other. She blasted me the second half. Today we didn't run together but "official" met at the finish line. She ran 1:31:47 today. Glad to have Pam in our Ujena Fit Club. Great way to stay in touch...
Photo is at about the half mile mark. Wished I would have stayed with Emily Wistar (503) She ran 1:29:23. When I was younger it seemed easier to hang on to runners. For some reason it does not seem easy these days. But that is probably because I am not in that good of shape. Resting does not get you in top shape in my book. I know that many of your disgree with this comment but that's how I feel. I do about three easy days per week and only one hard day...my race.
Both 72-year-old Hans Schmid and 60-year-old John Hirschberger will be featured in our movie. Hans ran 1:35:35 and John 1:29:56 today. Always fun to talk and compare notes after a race.
Looking at my watch at the finish told me that I am now 3:29 in total behind pace. BUT I can make this up I think. I mostly have 5ks and 10ks left. Before heading off to New York for the Ted Corbitt 15k classic Dec 15, I have two 5ks, three 10ks and a four miler. For those six races I should be able to be under 7 minutes/mile pace at an average of 45 seconds per race. That is 4:30 OR before going to New York I will be a minute ahead of pace. 5k at 7 minute pace is 21:42 and 10k is 43:24.
I am not saying that in New York it is going to look like this picture on Dec 15 but it could. The 15k course itselft according to the New York Road Runner's Club Chairman George Hirsch has some hills. It might be tough to average 7:20/mile under these sort of conditions. Which would be a negative three miles or before the double I could be two minutes down. I need to have more of a buffer before going to New York. The best I could do at our Double in Pleasanton Dec 23 (my last two races - it is one race with two legs but for my challenge I do count it has two races) would be something like 1:30 under pace in total. Wow, this is going to be close...stay tuned.
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What did I do my third and final free Weekend?
My son and I did a training relay
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
My 40th official race of the year (since I did a Double in Cabo that I am not counting) is the Clarksburg half marathon next Sunday. So this was going to be an easy weekend. However, I did think I would get in some extra miles this week. I have felt I had lost some of my conditioning along the way.
My best friend from high school (Dave Zimmerman in the middle) was in town. He came in Saturday morning and we spent the morning interviewing him for our movie. He was there when I started Distance Running News. In fact, he was the person I first told that I was starting a running magazine. He had so many memories to share and in fact he got Michael jazzed up. So jazzed up that Michael suggested the next morning that he and I do the 32 Mile Relay to the Ocean we once did about 10 years back.
Our relay works like this. One person drives the car while the other is running. Then we tag off and so on. We don't decided in advance what the legs will be. One thing for sure, the course is very tough. It starts at my house in Los Altos (which is about 200 feet elevation) and goes up Moody Road. We climb to about 2000 feet, then we drop down to about 400 feet before climbing again to about 1500 feet. Then it is mostly downhill to Loma Mar. We hit the town of Pescadero and two miles later we are at the Ocean. 32.1 miles...
This was a tough workout but I think it is going to help me this Sunday. My legs do feel pretty tight and tired right now but with all the downhill not as bad as they have in the past. I got in 47 miles this week. I am only doing 30 miles next week and 13.1 will be on Sunday.
When we saw this sign, we had already done a lot of climbing. We just had 22 miles (20 to Pescardero and another 2 to the Ocean) to go.
It took Michael and I 4 hours and 48 minutes to complete our relay. It is a tough course. That is 9 minutes/mile pace.
Michael checking his split.
We brought a lot of gear but we did not have enough Glu with us. However, I am glad I brought along four shirts. I wore them all...
It is a tough course but also very beautiful.
The Ocean is almost within sight.
We made it...32.1 miles. This is only the second time we did this. The first was over ten years ago. Thanks Michael for suggesting this. Thanks Dave for inspiring us to do this. And thanks Catherine for all your support.
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