My goal was to run a comfortable pace for the first 3 miles then pick it up for the 2nd half. I came across some nut running while hula hooping. I refused to have him beat me so I'd pick it up on the hills. But he'd catch me up on the downhills. So finally I said next hill I'm pushing it up and then keep going... luckily I finally dusted him.
Generally I push it up hills and cruise down hills. I catch most people on the uphill and I use that to push myself harder.
What would you do differently?:
Train more of course, but that's always the case. This was an impromptu run, really the first race I'd done since high school many, many, many years ago.
Stretch and have a glass of wine... bad on a dehydrated body.
Given my training pace, I was hoping for 9 min/mi or 8:30 best case scenario. So coming in around 8:02 was an extreme surprise. Its amazing what race conditions (and a nut with a hula hoop) can do to improve individual performance.
P.S. This race made me finally dump my lousy Timex Trail Runner Bodylink system. The GPS stinks and lost signal at the start line when I was surrounded by other racers. Now I have a Garmin Forerunner 305. Its big and bulky but it works wonderfully. I love it.
Last updated: 2007-09-20 12:00 AM
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Until I signed up for this race I had been running only 4 miles at about 9-9:30 min/mi. My good friend Enginerd convinced me to make it a Napa weekend so I signed up. The Wednesday before the race I ran 7.5 miles just to make sure I could finish this race.
Run around for 10 minutes or so to build up a sweat. At first I thought this was a bad idea because I was wasting precious energy but of course it proved useful since I could start at full pace right away.