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New PR set on my 3rd 5K Race Today

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Finished the Seasons 5.2K race in Winter Park this morning. The weather couldn't have been better, cool and dry. Well organized race, cheerful volunteers, plenty of parking. Coffee and hot chocolate at the start and plenty of food at the end including bananas, oranges, grapes, Clif Bars and maybe more that I didn't see.

What a huge event! This race had over 2,300 participants. Not being accustomed to such a large event, I got off to a poor start because I placed myself in a difficult starting position.

There were signs posted at the starting line for different paces. As racing etiquette calls for, I placed myself between the 9min and 10min per mile pace, as I intended to start off slowly. And, boy did I start slow -- slower than I wanted, I just couldn't get around those who should started behind the 9 - 10 mark.

I jumped onto the sidewalk to get around walkers and slower runners and started at my intended starting pace, but this cost me time. If this was just a fun run, it wouldn't have mattered so much, but I was looking to compete in this run. Though I was disappointed with my time, I did okay, I placed 7th in my 65-70 year old age group which had a whopping 33 runners!

There were two ending times for this race, due to the unique length of 5.2K. My time for the 5.2 was 28:14 and I got a new PR for my 5K time: 27:19, despite my slow start.

Now tomorrow a day of rest, then my long run on Monday. Nice being retired, I can do my long runs any day of the week - don't have to wait for a weekend!



5K this weekend

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So, I just got back from a great run, after a nice days rest yesterday. The weather is so nice in Florida, It was probably in the high 50s when I started - bright sunshine, since I got a later than usual start. I did a slow 3.1m at a 2/1 run/walk. So it took me about 40 minutes to do it. But those nice slow runs are very enjoyable, except I always have to rein myself in. I want to go faster and not walk, but I know that's not advisable at my age and doing a race in 2 days.

My race this Saturday is the Seasons 52 Park Ave 5.2K Run. That's right 5.2 'cuz the Restaurant that sponsors the run is Seasons "52" get it? Yuk yuk.

At this point in my training when I run several days in a row I get aches and pains. Still kind of at the trial and error stage, having only been running a few months. The long runs take their toll as well. I couldn't believe how exhausted I was when I did a 13m long run last week. It took me way longer than I thought it would, too.

My projection was to run 13.1 miles in about 2hr 15mins, according to my age and times for a 5K and a 10K. Probably just need to do lots more long runs before my time will be correct.

Anyway, I am scheduled to do 2 Half Marathons in the near future, so I will write about my results after I do 'em. I know, just do the first one "to finish" I know that intellectually --but my ego wants a run I can be proud of. Pretty sure I don't have a "dominant" left or right brain, 'cuz mine are constantly in battle.

Ok. So that's my first blog entry. Hope one of your brainsides got something out of it. -Vic-

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BOILHAM 1/19/2012 4:52PM

    Thanks Kelsey. We also do some RV camping. Did the western states and Natl Parks twice last year. Know exactly where Destin is -- good luck on your 5K!

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KELSEY54 1/19/2012 2:53PM

    Congrats and good luck. I am doing a 5K walk on Saturday here in Destin Fl. I have gone from a sendentary life in Oct. to playing tennis 6hrs. a week, zumba 2hrs a week and soon to start
Nordic walking. On my off days from that I walk 3 miles. I really didn't realize how fun life could be. emoticon emoticon

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