Monday, May 25, 2009

Run for Fun!

So, I got out of the hills and found some "flat" land! I have been needing some speed work so I thought a 5K race would be a good idea.
The Relay for Life 5K is a good cause and a good location...flat. Kind of....
A 15 minute warm-up with some pick-ups, I realized I had not run this pace for a while! My plan was to do a tempo run at 10K pace.
Horn went off and so did the field of about a hundred. Up an incline I held back. Those that started too fast faded quickly and in the first mile I passed many people.
Right at one mile mark..8:01.. Gerald Glass (RidgeRunner hall of Famer) passed me, I passed Bob Dewar, another HOFer, I was drawing good lines and cutting sharp turns, enabling me to pass some more people. Guy with his number on his back...young man overdressed.
Up a steep hill, I was thinking.."piece of cake" I run hills everyday!! No two mile marker?
Got to a flat and I held steady, I could of gone up a notch but I was wanting a tempo run.
Bob Dewar passed me back, we both went by a young runner, he was gutting it out!
I did decide no one was going to pass me in the last stretch...23:39.97 at three miles so put in two miles at 7:50's.
Finished with my head up and a lot left in the bank, I ran another 10 minutes, visited with some friends, Bob Dewar said I pushed him, I told him I was glad to help. Now I have to beat him!!
So, a total of 5.2 miles today. I will still keep mileage around 20 a week for a while. I hope to run another 5K June 20th. Congrats to all who ran yesterday. Carlee and Bill tore it up!! Way to go!

Just saw results posted on OMRR website. Got third in age group!

8 comments:

DawnB said...

Pretty darn good Mark!! those hills are helping, congratulations

jel said...

WooHoo! way to go!

Marlene said...

Glad to hear you were able to get our for a flat & speedy run. Nice finish!

Jamie said...

Way to go! Congrats on the 3rd place AG finish!

Shilingi-Moja said...

Congrats on the age group standing (3rd). Sounds like a good run. I'm amazed when people can remember their runs or races in such detail. I usually remember starting, dying, and stopping! :-D

Love to Run said...

Sounds like one nice "tempo" run there Mark. Good to hear you are fully recovered finally. Time to start that training again. When is that next marathon of yours?

robtherunner said...

Congrats on the 3rd place.

Beth said...

Nice race and you still had some left! Those hills are really paying off. Now, you just need to find a race with some prize money!

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