I love going back and reading my old posts. (I'm not the only one, right?) On days that aren't going so great, it reminds me of how many peak experiences I have had, and just makes me grateful for the good times.
And this year has been FULL of good times!
Most miles run in a year since 1980! (projecting 1,350 miles)
Most races in a year ever! - 15
First year with TWO marathons!
First epic "Ultra-Pikermi trail run" at Double Dipsea!
FOUR Loopfest meetups!
Over age 40 PRs at 5K, 3 Miles, 10K, Pikermi and Marathon distances!
And, oh yes, qualified for Boston!!!!!
Yes, this year will be hard to top.
So, let me walk you through my year.
As the year started, I was doing the best training of my adult life, as
I was preparing for my BQ attempt. I had some long workouts that amazed
me and had me feeling VERY confident. This bloop was one good one, and this one recalls the best one. But I did find time for a Loopster dinner in Santa Monica.
Surf City Loopfest was a blast, as I got to host 5 famous loopsters at
my home, as well as the pre-race carbo-loading party. The race came
after running 20-milers the two previous weeks, but I still killed it,
with a PR 1:33:18.
Next up was the LA Marathon in March, and you know how that went! Reading this bloop of my 3:26:52 BQ still chokes me up, not to mention the 100 comments!
I then planned to focus on speed for a while. Didn't quite get my
sub-20 5K, but came darn close in April with a race that was short, that
I projected out to 20:06 for 5K. In bunny ears.
Then it was road trip time as I met up with BSquaredMN in MN for a 4 mile trail race.
Then it was on to Cincinnati where I had a quick 6-mile run with
lawrenceaa. And then headed over to Louisville, meeting many more
Loopsters while cruising the Derby Pikermi in 1:35:54. My horsey RR was kind of clever...
In June ShaunP45 was in town, so JB, Zombiekid and I found a fast 5K and I gave it all I had to get an actual 20:06 5K PR.
I followed that the next week with another 5K in 20:32 on Dad's Day,
which was at least good for first place tie-wearing runner.
And one week later, was Double Dipsea - more Loopsters, more fun. Where I may have started my love affair with trails (to be continued)...
July brought ANOTHER opportunity to meet up with Loopsters and race, so I jumped on it! A weekend at Loop Mansion with
Medievalist, Alice, JB, John Wayne and Red Hat Amy was a blast. Got to
do a beautiful trail in the redwoods of Santa Cruz, and I loved the San
Francisco 2nd half marathon and managed a 1:34:47.
August was my chance to do a 10K and lower that PR, which I did by 60 seconds in 43:16. Even though I left AB hanging...
Good year so far, right? Well, Autumn brought not one, but TWO more
huge Loopfests at Twin Cities and Marshall! As always, it was so much
fun just to be around all these fantastic people and runners. Loopfest magic carried me to a 3:32:31 marathon in Minnesota on minimal training.
And at Marshall I
raced for fun with MildSauce the whole way for the most enjoyable sub
1:40 Pikermi ever! And of course met many more Loopsters!
Still not done, I had another Pikermi a week later outside Las Vegas, and managed to win my age group and score a cowbell.
And four days later was Thanksgiving, so I had to do the 3-mile Turkey Trot. So I might as well get another PR in 20:16.
Phew! I am taking December off from racing, and giving my body a little
break now, but I am hopeful for a great 2013. With Surf City and Boston
already planned, that's a good start!
An early Happy New Year to all!
Today I would do the local Turkey Trot; a 3-mile fun run with several thousand locals. Lots and lots of walkers and trotters. No chips, no results. Just run for fun and start the day off by burning calories.
This is my 8th time running this one. Two years ago I set my course
record of 20:27 which was a post-high school PR. This year I am a little
burned out from two pikermis the last two weeks, but I'm also in better
shape. I decided to do the Loop Prediction Race and would be racing
without the Garmin for the first time in 5 years. Just like old times!
Considering my fatigue I predicted 20:45. I figured I would do my best,
and guessed that 20:45 was the best I could do on tired legs.
I also decided to wear my new green Loopfest shirt, and see if it had
the same magical qualities of its predecessor, which carried me, and
many other loopsters, to many PRs. I really should have factored that
into my prediction time, but it was a last minute decision.
DW was already busy in the kitchen, cooking up a Thanksgiving dinner
that we will be taking to a less fortunate family. So I have no pictures
for you. But I did get to meet up with several friends from my local
At the gun I went out at a good clip, and I really missed not being
able to check my pace. But I trusted in my (significant) race experience
and figured I could manage to read my body's cues and stay on track. I
felt pretty good. A good hard effort, but in control. I saw mile marker 1
and there was no clock or person reading splits. But I did hear some
people behind me say it was about 6:45. Is that cheating?
Mile 1 I was passing people steadily, but mile 2 it became more about
hanging on. I passed a few people, but a couple passed me too. It felt
like a pace I could hold on to. At the mile 2 marker I again heard
someone say 13:33, and knew I was ahead of schedule and if i wanted to
hit my number I could slow down. But I was out here to run as hard as I
could - not hit the number, and that would be cheating anyway. But I
probably did take a half-step back from the hurt locker in that 3rd
mile, knowing I had a good time in the bag.
Still, I was pushing hard and suffering. The last 1/4 mile I picked it
up a little more and passed a few more on the way in. Final time was
20:16. I missed my goal by 29 seconds, or 2.3%. But more importantly, it
was a new PR! The Loopfest shirt's PR magic is confirmed!
So I had my Garmin on (with only distance showing). So I checked my
splits. 6:40, 6:46, 6:50. Not quite negative, but pretty darn close to
even for a fat, blind man. I guess my racing instincts are still in
pretty good shape.
Now I am taking at least two weeks with no running after feeling a little burnt out with a marathon and two halves in the last 7 weeks