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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Greenland Trail redemption run

Nothing like peaking at the right time for a race - 3 days after the race took place.  After Saturday's (8 mile) race I was left with asking myself "what if".  I had not run well as I wanted to and therefore had not achieved the time that I thought and hoped I could pull off.

Late yesterday I got some answers to the "what if's".

"If" it wasn't so warm, "if" I had carried water and "if" I had run smarter - meaning not so fast at the start - what time could I do?

Yesterday it was about 10 degrees cooler than race day, I carried a water bottle and didn't go out quite so fast. 

Comparing splits from race day to yesterday:
- at Kipps Loop, 3 1/3 miles into the course, the turn off to do the climb up the saddle - yesterday was within 5 seconds of race day.
- at the top of the saddle, the 5 mile mark - was 12 seconds faster than race day.
- race day finish time = 1:02:23
- yesterday's finish time = 1:01:19
= 64 second PR

So, the lesson learned is really one of hydration I think.  Race day with 3 miles to go I was cooked and hanging on fumes to finish.  Yesterday, felt much better and it showed by busting out the last 3 miles noticeably quicker than race day.  Plus, after I finished yesterday - although feeling quite worked, I recovered really quickly.

It was not the 1 hour goal time I have been aiming for - that may not ever happen.  I might give it one more shot this weekend, or might just be happy and call it good until next year.


  1. Good Job Craig. Don't let it linger for a year. (Or 2 in my case...)

    Sunday - go for 59??? Let me know if you want suffering company :)

  2. Might be on for Sunday, weather permitting. I'll let you know Saturday.