Got back in the race mode today over in Tuscumbia. First race of
would avoid the rain but it started 5mins before the gun sounded.
It made for a wet day of racing and running. Despite the rain, there
was a good group of runners (@180, I think). I ran this race in
2008. My time was 12:58. My goal today was a sub 12:30. My
running aerobic base is good, but haven’t done much speed
work with exception of some strides and hill work. I also did a
3hour bike ride yesterday. My legs felt rested though, and warmed
up running the course once. We toed the line a little after 0900. I
found some room behind a couple ofteenagers and to the left of a
group of 8-9 year-olds. Unfortunately, the race director didn’t
move these younger folks back. I worried they’d get pushed
at the start.
I sprinted hard at the start to get ahead a little. The course start is wide but it
bottlenecks in the first 100yards. Once pass this point, we run uphill for a 1/4 mi
then run a big box. The next segment was flat to slightly downhill. I just ran
steady…just kept it below redline…felt like 5k effort (probably the downhill?!).
Crossed mile 1 in 6:10. I knew the last 1/2 mile is a slight incline so I ran with
good form and relaxed breathing until this turn. Was able to keep pushing
through to finish. Second mile slightly faster in 6:06. Overall 12:16. 1/14 in AG,
9/187? OV. Enjoyed the race endorphins, then finished most of my long run
planned afterward. Total=12 miles of the 14 scheduled finished. The cold rain
drained my energy. Long training tomorrow planned. Got a 2 1/2 hour ride and
1 hour run. Sleeping good tonite!!!