Saturday, October 18, 2008

LungStrong 15k Recap 10.18.08

The LungStrong 15k race morning arrived clear and cool. In fact, it was probably the coolest morning since I ran the Shamrock run in the spring.

Megan, Ben, Mike, and I headed out for a few warm miles. Megan and Mike looked fast. They seem to be bouncing along during the warm up. On the other hand, I felt like I was running through sand.

As the start neared all of the usual suspects were at the starting line. I spotted Steve Spada warming up and he looked fit as usual.

The first mile was unusually slow. Steve and I seemed to always be locked together. We covered the first mile in just over 6 minutes.

This was little slower that I wanted to run so I started to slowly pick up the pace. Reflecting back on it, I probably should have waited a few more miles before trying to push it.

Mike B. was long gone by 3 miles.

I kept pushing the pace through 4 miles and caught up to Paul M. and another guy running with him.

I worked my way by Paul. He was having some foot issues so he wasn't his usual fast self.

Miles 4, 5, and 6, I pushed the pace along. But once I hit miles 7, 8, and 9 mile legs started tightening up. My legs just weren't ready to handle this type of workload after the 50k last weekend.

I knew Steve would be close behind and probably gaining all the time.

When I hit the 9 mile, I really picked up the pace and pushed it to the end. I ended up being on a few seconds in front of Steve and Chazz Hinkle.

After the race Ben, Megan, Jocelyn, Mike and I did another 5 miles warm down.

We then headed over the awards. I picked up a $50 dollar gift certificate to RFYL and a medal for being the 1st Male Masters run.

Mike finished 5th overall and ran a great time. Megan was equally fast and won the womens race.

So now tonight, I am taking a deep breath. The RFYL GP series for 2008 is behind me. Based on my calculations I finished 3 overall in the standings but we have to wait on Tim's calculations.

The mental and physical fatigue from marathon training and my heavy racing schedule has has a toll on me. The OBX marathon is just over 3 weeks away which is a good thing for me. Both mentally and phyically I need some recovery time so I can bounce back and be strong.

That's a wrap for now.


Stephe Spada said...


I stumbled upon your website and really enjoyed it! Keep up the good work...and running. Always good to run with (against) you...Stephen Spada

Cool Down Runner said...

Thanks, I am glad you liked it.

Really, it is kind of a work in progress. I started it early last year and so it improves as I improve.

I am hoping to do a better job with it this year.