Thursday, March 18, 2010
I know. I know. I haven't been active on this site for months, but it's a good way to write up my thoughts about certain activities.
I was not enthusiastic about registering for a race this year. Let me tell ya! I've fallen off the healthy, Spark bandwagon and regained all the weight lost, although I still maintain a healthy weight. I also stopped running so much (which probably contributed) so I felt seriously under-trained and not in the best of shape. My husband, conversely, has been running a lot more and after my experience with the half marathon last year and the short trail run we both did, really wanted to try a longer race. So I signed us up for a 15K trail run (officially it was 9.3 miles although some people claimed 9.8 miles. I dunno about that as I went into the race thinking it was 8 miles. No wonder the last mile felt like two!).
One good plus. Although I've been running 2x a week instead of 3. The run on the weekends has been getting longer and longer so I felt more confident doing a long run.
Thoughts on the run. This was a trail in Black Mountain regional park in San Diego. The trail was listed as fairly flat and fast by description. I suppose this must be by trail race standards as it was anything but flat. LOL. There were some quite hefty hills to run and although it was fire roads, it was pretty rocky in places and muddy in others. Although I am fairly used to running hills and rough trails, I don't run them fast and I strained my Achilles tendon running this race. Still hurts several days later. I also found I had to walk up some of the hills (which I try hard not to do). All in all it was really a fun experience despite a jammed toe nail and the strained tendon. I would definitely do it again if I can motivate myself to train harder.
Results: My husband ran his first 15K (he usually runs 6 miles or so 3-4x a week) in 1 hr 22 minutes. He was 50th out of a total of 288 runners who completed the race. Pretty darn good, Mr. Mountain Goat! He was nice enough to stick with me for the first 3 miles or so and then he was off and running his true pace.
As for me, I finished with it 1 hr 31 minutes. Pace 9:50. I found it a bit disappointing considering I had finished a half marathon the previous year with an 8:30 pace, and that race was considered to be hilly for a half marathon. I have to say though that the hills in the trail run blew those out of the water. Considering that I weighed a good 5-6 pounds more and was in worse shape, I think I did fine.
One upside is that a lot fewer people ran this race and they subdivide age groups into five years. That meant I was third place for females 35-39 years old. yeah! I think there were 23 of us total in that group. Too bad I didn't stick around to receive my award if there was any. Overall, I placed 109.
Considering my on again, off again attitude towards running, this is probably as close as I'll get to winning a race. Maybe this will motivate me to work harder? Or maybe I'll continue to take it slow. I'm not enjoying my strained tendon in the least.