Defn: a human male displaying evidence of devolution - exhibits distinctive "caveman-like" tendencies. This man often dribbles in public places; cannot drink a beverage without spilling it on himself, the floor or someone else; may also run into objects like lampposts & bushes; has a definite "sloopish & short legged" running style that is slow and low to the ground, often resulting in the dragging of knuckles.

These throwback neanderthals, along with their questionable diet, should clearly be avoided.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Super 1/2 Marathon Race report

Brisk morning for a race - in the 20's, but the sun was shining and only a (very) slight breeze from the South.  With 3' snow drifts at my house it was nice to run on 99% snow free trails.

Going in to the race I was a mix of curious and hopeful of how I would do.  After the race I am okay w/ how I did, would have liked to have done better - but am accepting that with the arthritis in the knees limiting the ability to train well - the race was a good reflection of my current fitness level and therefore, ability.

I wanted to go out at a 7:30 pace for the first couple of miles, then see how things were from there - gradually increase if possible.  15:04 at mile 2, doing okay - no aches or niggles but also not feeling super strong.  Maintain.  Mile 4: 30:20.  By the end of mile 4 I knew there would be no 1:35 finish (pipe dream goal).

So, I just kept on going - gradually losing a second or more per mile pace as each mile went by.  At the turnaround point I was about 65th overall.  For the next 3 miles it was a mix of being passed by the occasional runner, me passing the occasional runner. 

W/ about 3 miles to go at the last aid station 2 ladies had eased up behind me, one of them being the eventual Masters winner.   I decided to try hang with them the rest of the way in - requiring more effort but I was able to keep within 20 feet of them both for the next 2 + miles.

W/ a half mile to go, I tried to push more and caught back up to them - all the while we were catching two other guys ahead who were dropping back to us.  It was a good thing they were there as the competitive juices in me used them as targets.  With about a 1/4 mile to go I passed the 2 ladies and bridged the gap to one of the guys.  That last few minutes was a blurr, definitely accentuated by a lack of oxygen to the brain - but I managed to pass by the one guy and squeeze in front of the other guy with about 10 feet to spare from the finish line.  Spent.

1:41:27 officially, 60th place overall (367 finishers), 9th out of 59 in the (40 - 49) age group.   As mentioned earlier - a good reflection of where I am at in my physical abilities as a runner.

What's next?  In the short term - some slightly aching quads but really not too bad.  Will take a couple of days of not running, maybe some stationary bike and / or eliptical work and then run w/ #12 the last 2 races of the Winter Distance Series.  I'll run when I can, sticking to the trails, enjoying where I live and make the most of each opportunity to run.

Here is a pic of yesterdays race - w/ about 1 1/2 miles to go.  Kind of sums up where I am at w/ running mentally - I'm the guy in the middle of the photo - a little out of focus - running to keep up, running to keep life in focus.  Eh, not really - the other photo I found of me running yesterday my eyes were closed, head down, looking like I was about to cry / pass out / or both.

1 comment:

  1. It's a little blurry Craig - you sure you weren't on the pink top??? :) Nice race showing and a good indication that your winter fitness is doing well. Have *fun* Saturday at the wind tunnel ;-)