A Simple Running Log

July 6, 2010

Training for 7/6/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:41 pm

I wasn’t able to post Friday because our system went down at work, so I had to go to our main office to work. Since I was working at someone else’s desk, I didn’t feel like downloading the WordPress software just to write I’d ridden my bike that morning and I was hoping to get back into the 23-minute range in my 5K the next morning.

Friday night, I did not get to bed as early as I’d hoped. We had a lot to do to get ready for our Fourth of July party Saturday evening, so it was about 11:30 p.m. when I finally got to sleep.

Of course, 5:30 a.m. came pretty fast, but I got up. TK met me at my house and we drove to Rehoboth. After checking in and getting our race bibs, I ran two easy warm-up miles before the race.

The weather was very mild, and the course was mostly shaded, so I felt good about my chances of hitting my time goal. Last year’s times indicated it’s one of the more competitive races in the area, so I wasn’t thinking I’d get a shot at any awards.

The race started about on time. I got passed by a lot of people in the first half mile, and I didn’t even start that close to the front! I hit the first mile in 7:27. I was right on target.

I think I hit the second mile around 15:14, so my speed was slipping, which irritated me. I was holding my place in the pack at that point though, so at least I wasn’t getting passed on all sides by other runners any longer.

We turned back onto the street on which the race had started. I swear it got longer in the time between the first and the last 3/4 mile of the race. I just kept digging, thinking “It’s got to end soon!”

Finally, we hit the three-mile marker and I could see the finish line. I gave it the rest of what I had and finished in 23:35, taking another 30 seconds off my time from the week before and landing solidly back in the 23-minute range. Sweet.

I drank a bottle of water and headed out to slowly re-run the course for three more easy miles (I was supposed to do a total of eight that day.) But my legs were tightening up, I felt like I might need to use the bathroom and they had already taken down all the signs marking the very twisty course, so when I got to where I remembered the one-mile marker had been, I turned around. I only did two miles for a total of seven. Oh well.

When I got back to the race finish area, they had posted the results. I got third in my age group! And missed out on second place by TWO seconds, haha. I was 87th overall and third of 15 in my age group.

From left, me, the second-place winner and the first-place winner in the female 25-29 age group.

And I found this picture on the race organizer’s website of TK and me after the race:

No time for the beach this weekend, which was just as well, as that place was already packed from what we could tell. I went home, showered and started barbecuing chicken for our party.

It was 1:30 a.m. before I got to bed that night, after the NASCAR race finally ended. Saturday felt so long, I really thought it was Monday when I woke up Sunday. We spent most of the morning putting the house back together and cleaning up the firecracker remnants in the back yard, and then TK and I drove up to Meredith’s house for her party.

Yesterday, it got really hot again. Clark and I lifted weights together in the morning, which I followed up with a 15-mile bike ride. We disassembled the tents we’d borrowed, and loaded them up along with my parent’s enormous picnic table so we could return everything. We ended the day by picking crabs at Clark’s parents’ house.

This morning, I got up early to run 4.5 easy miles at a 9:21/mile pace. And now my holiday weekend is officially over, because I’m back at work. Boo.

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