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Annual race as a fitness barometer

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For 4 of the past 5 years I have been able to run in the same race, a 5-miler in my DW's home town near Cleveland, OH. It is a flat course that starts and finishes two blocks from her house and winds through residential Cleveland suburb.

The race is usually on the small side (~300 runners), but has some speedy folks in it, between the Western Cleveland Running Club and turn out from high school cross country runners doing a mid-summer training check prior to the fall race season.

It is nice being able to return to the same course and use it as a barometer/measure for my current health and fitness. My previous results:
2010 39:36
2011 39:30
2012 Did not run
2013 39:20
2014 38:13

The results are slightly deceptive in that 2011 I had tweaked my back earlier and wasn't sure I was going to be able to run and in 2013 I was coming off an Achilles irritation. But even with those factors, I am really psyched to see the positive trend in my results over the past 5 years.

I get a lot of data and feedback on how I am doing from my weekly fitness, daily weigh in, semi-annual fitness tests, other races, and nutrition reports. Those data points are helpful but it is nice to have something like this annual race as a regular evaluation of cardiovascular fitness.

Two more scheduled races this summer, a 4.5 mile mud and obstacle run in two weeks (DD1 and DS1 will do the kids 1 mile version also) and a 10k in just over a month (It is the Storm King run I did last year and blogged about). The mud run is for fun, the 10k I am still deciding if I will run with or without the jogger. If I run without, I will push to see how fast I can finish.

Happy running!
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