Thursday, January 13, 2011

Taper

3rd 20 miler long run has now been completed as of last Thursday. As usual, I'm getting a little restless with the tapering. This time, it is also exasperated by shin splint problem on the right knee. Logic tells me I should blow off most of the remaining runs to recover as much as possible. The irrational side wants me to go out and run the remainder of the taper runs. Why? because the remaining runs are easier, funner and most importantly, shorter.

While running the Christmas 5K, I rediscovered the fun-ness of a low key 5K race. So despite my logic led tapering, I went over to run RTW again last Saturday. It was not going to be pretty as I was still beat from the last 20 miler. But if no PR was in sight, I was hoping for some free schwag that Luke's always brings to the race. The night before, both Alli and Alex had committed to running with me, as long as they could get out of bed. These are teenagers. They never get out of bed on weekends if they don't have to.

I saw Vince Atannucci once I got there. Knowing that he passed me during mile 3 of last 5K, I decided to follow him and hang on and see if I could finish with him. Well, silly me. I was able to stay in his shadow for just over a mile and perhaps if I was well rested, I could have probably followed him all the way. But I ran out of gas and had to slow down.

Mile 1: 7:20
Mile 2: 8:17
Mile 3: 7:47
0.1: 0:49

3.1 miles: 24:14 (official time: 24:13)

I did win a Nike South 2008 tech running hat and 2009 Run Thru The Woods T shirt so I came home with a consolation prize. The hat is awesome. It would be $20 plus retail I think. Ahh, contentment :)

Running Part 2:

Well, the day's running was not done yet. Now for more fun running. After finishing up some breakfast pancakes and coffee, I headed out to meet Karen at Shadowbend and lake Woodlands. She was in the midst of a 41 miler in preparation for 100 mile trail run in February. (Kinda makes my marathon seem so insignificant lol). I ran a nice 4.3 miles with her, Christy and two great college kids that attend St. Anthony. Running is a lot of fun when you do it as a group. This was a great reminder of that running fellowship. Plus I got to meet Christy for the first time after knowing her only through the internet for the past 4 years.


1 comment:

K said...

It was so awesome to have you out there, Holden! I will always treasure that run.