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.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Shakeout run after the 50K

I am quite surprised with how I have been recovering from my long runs recently.  I'm not sure if that means I haven't been pushing hard enough during the races or it is a sign of some good fitness.  But in any case I bounced back quickly after the 50K on Saturday and was ready to run by Monday.  I decided it was better to not tempt fate and held off a few more days.

Yesterday I did some short sprints with my youngest daughter while we were both watching her brother playing soccer.  As goalie on an undefeated high school team he has not seen a lot of action.  So as spectators - his cheering section - we are often not paying attention to the games.  Yesterday we did a few quick sprints along the side line and it was enough for me to feel like I was ready to get out and run again.

So, this morning I hit the nearby Santa Fe Trail and set out - not really sure how far I wanted to go, or how fast.  I went North from Baptist Road which has a very slight uphill direction and settled into a comfortable 8:30 avg.  It felt good and easy, no issues with the system and I kept on going.  Good thing I took some fluids cause I went all the way to Palmer Lake - just over 6 miles.

I decided to keep going to make it a measurable run and ran past the lake a little more till total distance was 6.55 miles - halfway point of a half marathon.  I had maintained the 8:30 pace all the way comfortably and turned around and headed back.

I was feeling peppy and decided to pick up the pace to see if I could roll a decent time for the half marathon distance.  So I settled in to a 7:30 pace and was able to maintain it all the way back to finish with an overall 8 min mile average and a sub 1:45 finish time.  Felt good to be on a solid trail and nice to get a good shake out run in along with a nice distance.

I don't have any more race plans for the year - so I'll run when I feel like it, probably do somewhere between 0 and 30 miles a week for a few months.  Surgery for the gall bladder is next week so it will be nice to get that out of the way - to both help me feel better, eat more variety and after recovery from it - to get out and have some fun runs.


  1. Happy surgerying. I expect a good blog post on that ultra too.

  2. Thanks George. ps - Race report went up on Tuesday this week