Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Big South 5k Recap 8-22-16

Strapped on my racing flats and pulled on my Hoka/Charlotte Running Club jersey Saturday morning for the Big South 5k.

I wish I could set here and say that this was a great race for me, but it wasn’t. My legs felt sluggish, tired, and yes, I will say it “old”.

My Garmin flashed up a 6:09 for the first mile. Any other year, I would have felt like there wasn’t enough oxygen in the world. My legs were turning over but I knew that they were not turning over very fast. My breathing was barely labored.

Further up the hill we went.

Finally, we topped over for the last 1.5 miles to the end.

Making the turn on Rea Rd, my split was 5:59. I could feel the tendentious in my hip calling out to me, and it wasn’t in a good way. As best as I could I ignored my brain’s desire to slow down. Before I knew it, I was turning into the Target Parking lot. One, two, three, four turns, I am headed for the finish. A couple of young runners probably born in this century went by me sprinting all the way to the finish. I wanted to sprint, but I knew better.  In the grand scheme of things, a couple seconds in a race make no difference. Oh, yeah, my last mile was in 5:49.

Since July, I have done little more than log lots easy miles and cross train. May be in a couple more months, I can shake off this tendentious and work my way back to racing well again.

Time is both an ally and an enemy to me.


The Cool Down Runner   

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Weather Update

Wow, over the last couple weeks I went from running with no shirt, to running with a shirt, to now running with 2 shirts this morning.

Once Matthew blew through our morning temperatures dropped another 10 degrees. Not that I am complaining.

Returning from a run not soaked with sweat feels nice. Charlotte could keep this weather year around, and I would never complain about it.

So enjoy it while it last. Soon, we will be looking for even more shirts, hats, gloves, etc to wear on our runs. Winter weather will be here soon enough.

The Cool Down Runner

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Volition 1/2 Marathon Recap

Some races just cannot catch a break. Really, what are the chances of a hurricane roaring through the Carolinas on the same weekend as this race for two consecutive years?  Such is the life for the Volition Run ½ and 5k.

Runners were greeted with a steady rain and gusty winds throughout the race morning. If there was one perk, the runners got a tail wind on the mostly downhill out portion of the course. However, they paid dearly for it on the way back. The rain picked up and gusting wind slammed into them like a wall.

A couple of my Hoka/Charlotte Running Club team mates: Caleb and John came up to try their luck. John and I ran together through about 6 miles. He was feeling pretty good considering he just came off the Erie Marathon a couple of weeks ago.  He picked up the pace, and I didn’t want any part of it. This was the first time that I have raced since the Charleston Distance Run on Labor Day week.

I have been attempting to nurse this hamstring back to a healthy status while attempting get ready for the Marshal Marathon in November. As you might expect, my efforts have been less than successful either in the healing process or preparing for the marathon.

This showed today.

I went out easy and then faded toward the end. My last 3 miles were 7:10, 7:08, and 6:59. Finished 7th overall with a time 1:29:13. Good for 2nd in my age group.

I do want to give a shout out to Lisa W. for her second overall finish. She had been sick this week but showed her mental toughness this morning.

And a big kudos go to Whitney and Dennis. Given all the hoops and huddles that they have overcome to make this race happen, they deserve a huge pat on the back for their efforts.

Next up for me is the Big South 5k in a couple of weeks.

See you at the races,

The Cool Down Runner