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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Group runs make it hard to run slow

I ran the hilly course with the 6 a.m. group of runners from Luke's Locker Thursday morning.

There. Were. Hills. Friggin. Everywhere.

And there were also about 20 people running.

I was just going to make it a slow run, you know, put the miles in but try to stay fresh for this Saturday's 25k. But when there are so many people running, and you are bumping elbows in the first few tenths of a mile, your adrenaline just takes over, and you don't wanna be outrun by that guy with the gray hair, or the lady whose got kids as old as you are.

All that was missing was bib numbers and somebody to sing the National Anthem.

This hill course _ the elevation on one of the hills was 75 feet in 1/2 mile according to my Garmin 305 Forerunner _ turned out to be a mini time trial for me.

I did 5.77 miles in 45:33. After the first mile warm up, each subsequent mile was sub 8.

It's the first time I've run this course in under 46 minutes.

And I felt pretty good afterward, like I could have run four more miles at that pace if there were water stops.

I know. I know. I shouldn't run so hard (heart rate averaged 85 percent maximum and soared to 90 percent near the end of the run) with such a long "race" coming up. But it felt so good, and with where my running has come from (I was happy with a sub 10-minute mile a year ago) I think I'll enjoy my new found speed.



Blogger Derek said...

I would love to have some of that speed, but that was 20 years ago. You will do fine on Sunday night. see you there!!

July 17, 2008 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger rodney said...

Bitchin. Good luck with your run. And please visit my fledgling site I'm just up and going with it. Not sure what I'm doing just yet, but your site inspired me to try anyway.
See ya

July 18, 2008 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, that's so fast! Sorry I'm so behind, but I'm catching up completely now and am excited to see how El Scorcho goes, especially with the blistering (haha, pun intended, though I hope the shoe blistering is resolved) pace you set in this training run!

July 21, 2008 at 6:02 PM  

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