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Thursday, January 31, 2013

I am still struggling with liking these longer distances with my runs. I ran a trail run this past Sunday in a beautiful State Park not too far from my home and not too large of a crowd (approximately 250 participants).

My first trail run and the weather was beautiful. I was ready for the race (well hydrated, well fed, batteries charged). I did make the worse mistake ever and wore new shoes on race day. I know better! I am finding that I run with too many gadgets. My GPS watch isn't working (I lost my charger) so I didn't have that but I had my gymboss for intervals, my iPod with the Nike+, my cell phone and my fuel belt. Something's gotta go and most likely it will be my phone.

My game plan for this was to run 4min, walk 1 min. It's a state park and I've been there several times so there wasn't a need to stop and take pictures. That shaves time off my pace. At about mile 9 the pain sets in. My shoe is rubbing my ankle of my right foot and my toes on the left are just being beaten by the toe box. Mile 9 is about where I really hate 13.1 miles. I just want to be done. I resolved to walk the rest of the race and listen to my new audio book. Well, I did that for about another 1.5miles and finished the rest of the miles with intervals. The race wasn't timed, but my Nike+ said I completed 13.5 miles in 2:59 which means I came in minute or two faster than my Dec half.

I've decided to nix two local half races off my schedule. 1) I'm not paying $65-75 for a local race. I can run with my group 13 miles in my own city. 2) I really want to have a good time at Zooma next month as well as my other out of town races at the end of the year so those allocated funds will go to better races.

I will run Zooma in Bastrop and gauge one more time how I really feel about 13.1 miles. If I'm still hating the run at miles 9/10, then I will just run 10Ks and work on faster 10K times and look for half marathons that offer relays.

Now, to find a relay partner!

Happy Running.
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HISTORYRUNNER 2/18/2013 1:25AM

    Hi, I'm reading this late, but I am glad you pushed through and are so self-reflective on the experience. Here's to some good running coming up! emoticon

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WINDSURFNERD 1/31/2013 8:12PM

    Congratulations on your race! Every long run teaches me something, either about myself, or my gear, or my prep or my training...

Here's hoping your Gator Run experience pays you dividends in your Zooma run!


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