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Saturday, March 03, 2012

I finished the race. It was slower than what I had hoped, 2 hrs. 51min. 54 seconds inofficial time, average speed 4.6 mph. Official time is not posted yet.
I knew during my warm-up that I was not fully recovered yet because my heartbeat was about 15 beats higher than I expected. I felt good overall so decided to just see how things are going to develop.
The first mile took 12 min.10 seconds and at that point I thought I might be able to keep up that speed and even increase a little at the end. My pulse was around 140. The first half of the run went smoothly and I increased my speed a little after the first third, letting my pulse come up to 146. My half-time split at the turnaround was 1 hour 23 min. which gave me hope because I thought I would be able to increase my speed quite a bit.
On the way back the wind picked up significantly in the canyon slowing all the slower runners down a lot who had not made it back yet. I ended up walking several times because I was just as fast that way but at a lower heart rate.
On the last mile I had enough energy to pass several people and finish strong with my pulse going up to about 160 but I was pretty wiped out when I was done. My average pulse during the race was 145 and took about half an hour to get back under 90, another sign that I was not quite back to normal. I got pretty cold and was too tired to eat much. When we got home an hour later I took a nap before I felt ready to move around.
The good news is that I have only minor muscle soreness and should be ready to run again in 2 days.
It really helped that I was wearing my heart rate monitor. I have never tested my maximum heart rate and have no desire to do so but I knew roughly what heart rate I can maintain for several miles.
Overall this may have been my hardest run so far. emoticon
Did I mention before that I don't like to exhaust myself? emoticon
I'm hoping my next run, probably a 5 K will not only be faster but also easier. emoticon
Tonight we are celebrating with steak and sweet potatoes with lots of butter and cream.

Thank you to all who were sending me good thoughts for today.
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