Just was not my day
Race 44 by Golden Gate Bridge
Sunday, November 25th, 2012
I really thought I could run 20:30 5k or better today. But it did not happen. I had run under 21 minutes for the first 5k of the Thanksgiving Day 10k on Thursday. I went out at about a 6:25/mile pace but then fill apart. I hit the first mile in 6:44. I actually thought I was over 6:50. I miss read my watch. Then I ran 7:02 for the next mile. It was on gravel which doesn't work for me. One might think that it would be easy for me to run sub seven pace on these shorter races. Well today I thought I had fresh legs. I had to push it as hard as I could to run 6:53/mile pace.
I finished with 21:19. Not what I wanted but I did pick up 27 seconds which I needed. Three things that might explain why this was so hard. I woke up at 3am and could not go back to sleep. I had a slight sore throat. I really don't race well on gravel. Loved the course but we were on gravel for over a mile...mile two was totally on gravel. I am not looking for excuses but trying to understand what went wrong today. This is going to be close and I want to reach my goal.
I am now 1:21 in total behind pace. I can make it up. I have six races to go.
Race director Dave Rhody brought me up on stage to talk about our new event the Double Road Race coming up Dec 23 in Pleasanton. That will be my last race of my challenge. Thanks Dave for putting on such good events. I have run many of them.
It was nice seeing so many people having so much fun...me too! I hope these girls can make our Double. They certainly bring a lot of spirit to an event.
A running friend Verity ran well today. She was second female overall and first master. She told me she has her team of three together for the Double.
Verity and Kevin were top master runners today. Both will be running the Double.
Me with the top three runners today. They ran well today!
There were 14 female runners 70 plus running today. Barbara placed third. She decided to enter a team for the Double.
So great to have the support of A Long Run director Micahel and crew. Thanks Michael, Waitman, Catherine and Justin for all your support. It helps so much. Photos by Catherine Cross
Comments and Feedback
Another 23 sec! You are still on your game plan. Run, recover, repeat. Steve Gilbert 11/26/12 5:52 am
Tough to run an all out 10k on Thursday and come back on Sunday. Richard Stiller 11/26/12 8:19 am