Friday, September 24, 2010
First a confession... I told myself I was going to take it super easy this week to recover. I was going to be good and stick to the elliptical. But it has been a hellish week... I was kind of riled up after work Tuesday and went out to run 2.5. Then I did the same thing Thursday, logging 3 at the bike trail.
My legs are pretty sore from strength training this morning but I'm going to attempt to do two loops around the long trail at Dawes Arboretum tomorrow morning. Next time I go there with the pups I'll take some pics, it's beautiful there.
I'm excited... I have a new plan. Kind of, anyway. Still needs some tweaks. It might be a bit too ambitious, I'll play with it as I go along.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
No committals yet, but these look like fun (I'll have to make some choices!)
Oct. 9 Bowman Cup 5K (alma mater's homecoming race)
New addition! Oct. 17: Kenyon Mudman Triple 5K or 10K
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wow. That's all. My legs are threatening to revolt if I dare get off the couch tonight. I am absolutely doing this one next year.
The short of it: 10K (6.2 miles) in 56:53, 6th in my age group, 49th overall.
I was really worried... I woke up with a runny nose and a scratchy throat. Eight weeks of training about to be foiled by a simple cold. And most cold medicine gives me mild stomach upset, tolerable on a normal day but not while running. So I took some allergy meds and crossed my fingers. By the time I got to Hocking Hills I was feeling great. Phew!
Driving in I got a sense of what I was in for, the single lane roads were windy, curvy and hilly, the kind of terrain I really miss from living in Maine.
This race was a complex animal -- five different distances, but it was very well organized. The registration area was kind of a zoo with runners doing their pre-race stuff. Another sign of what was about to come: I looked for a place to run my warmup and there was not a single flat stretch of road in sight. To conserve I jogged around the parking lot a few times.
Friday, September 17, 2010
The iPod has been synced and packed (trying to decide between the new Arcade Fire or my classic rock mix for the race.)
My purple tech tank top and black jogging shorts are laid out.
My watch has been located and packed.
My alarm is set for 6 am.
It's 10k time!