During my first weeks back in the Spring I mentioned I was going to focus on meeting short n' fast time goals in my return to fitness. My 5k goal was 16:30...and even though it hurt like heck, and I probably relied on the treadmill a little too much to get there, I ended up running a 16:25 back in July to meet that goal. I'll politely smile now as you avoid reading this article about a high school girl who just ran an insane 16:00. Yes, baby Sammy, daddy loses to girls all the time. Sometimes by a lot.
Since I hadn't read the story about that girl yet, and thus still had the false impression that I was somewhat skilled in the world of running, I tried my hand at a 10k race a couple weeks ago. To make it more fun than a solo time-trial, I joined up with my old Triathlon teammates Rob (the swimmer) and Chris (the cyclist) to enter a team relay Tri once again. As it turned out, the running course was definitely not a PR kind of setting with a couple miles of grass/fell running and a couple long hill repeats on loose gravel, but comparatively speaking my legs kicked and screamed in stellar form to a 39:21 finish that beat the next closest relay runner by 3:10.
|So much breathing, yet so little oxygen getting to my legs! 10Ks are horrible!!|
Before I get to that 10 mile nonsense, I'll happily sneak back into my comfort zone and enter a race in which I actually have the chance to beat some high schoolers! Three weeks from today I fly down to Texas to run my first 24 Hour race in over two years! Sure, I entered the Desert Solstice 24 last December, but I had no delusions of running more than 50 miles or so given that I hadn't run a step in the 9 weeks prior. This time around at UltraCentric next month I'm coming in with fit legs and high hopes. The goal will be 150 miles (or at least 148 to sneak into the last position for a spot on the U.S. Team for next Spring), and I couldn't be more excited to march through hour after hour of self-inflicted mental torture! I'll be sure to follow up with a more informative post about this race in a couple weeks before I head down. Sure, it's still 3 weeks off, but it's my first race in a year, so it's safe to say I'm already psyched for it!