When last I posted, there were a lot of unfortunate things happening with dear members of our family and, although they didn't end well, we are recovering. While I never stopped running (there was a zero run week or two), it was just enough during the spring and early summer to not lose all of my fitness.
I did manage a couple races while doing a modest amount of training. The half marathon relay with my friend Shane at Rock CF went pretty well and we ended up 5th overall for the relay. I paced the Martian half marathon in Dearborn in April. At the time, I hadn't run more than 8 miles all year, just doing the miles was a challenge. I was assigned the "slowest" pace group, but running for 2:30 is still a long time. I ran a 5k with my kids in early May, followed later in the month by a "last minute" 5k in Indiana where I ran under 24 minutes and the Dexter - Ann Arbor 10k, where I ran dressed in a pineapple outfit. Really! I ran with my Kona pal Larry to help promote a couple Kona races (Strawberry run and Kona Run). I ran both those races, running Kona Run as a 5k pacer with my kids and the Strawberry run as a race (where I had a pretty bad showing). This was somewhat understandable. I didn't run for a week before and just had a pretty rough workday (I think it was on a Thursday evening). I guess that is more than a couple races.
|I really was a pineapple!|
I decided to run another "last minute" 5k I found while visiting family in Indiana and finished in 22:49. I have this delusion of having race results faster than I really do, so I was surprised to find out that this was my 2nd fastest 5k time as an adult. It was a small race and I won my age group (though I was beaten by a 10 year old boy and 12 and 13 year old girls, because what is a race without being smoked by the very young or very old?) Despite the whoopin' by the youngins, I was encouraged by my progress. Fast forward to this weekend and I ran a 22:30 5k in practice (I ran hard, but could have went faster in a race) and then today ran my fastest practice 10k ever, while running at what felt like a moderate pace.
Hopefully, this progress continues and I will be in a good position to do well in what ended up being my "goal" races for the year. At the end of September, I will run the Brooksie Way 10k as part of a team for work. I think, as long as I stay healthy, anything less than a PR would be disappointing. Then, I will be running the first leg of the 5 person relay for a "Mixed Masters" team at the Detroit Marathon. My leg is just over 10k. I am excited for both races. I really like being part of a team for these races. It adds another element of fun to the racing concept. Assuming all goes well, I anticipate being involved with other team / relay events in the future.`I am also enjoying running shorter distances. 10k may be my new jam.
I guess that gets everything up-to-date. How is everyone else doin'? :)