Sunday, October 25, 2009

10 second PB

My first race as a 45 year old and the first of the running season saw me just slip under my previous 10K PB by ten seconds.

As it was my first race of the season here and as I've come straight out of marathon training and some high mileage I'm pretty pleased with this time. Did it hard the last 3K though and thought at the time, running up a hill over a bridge on the second to last K, "What the ~#*!"

As usual, on the way, home I thought of enough reasons why this race was so hard, and believe with some more training, a flat course, less crowds and some specific 5K and 10K work I'll be able to get another PB in 10K early next year. Still I reckon can justified my training/racing efforts or lack of them as much as I'd like: I don't know if I have it in me to run much under 33:00 minutes, things would have to all come together for me, on the day, to say the least.

Anyway, I hope I can look back on this posting as say, "Ye of little faith"

On to my half marathon in two weeks were I'm looking for a sub 1:20:00 that I think I can get. My present PB in the half is a little soft for me and probably I have a better shot of breaking it than any of my other PBs for now.

I'll include a couple of photos from today. Me on the podium, got 5th place in my age group 40~59 years old, in 35:38. Last year I got 5th here too but ran 4 minutes slower then. Seems like a few more faster old fellas showed up this year.

And the other is of me and my boys.

Take care, talk soon.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Building mileage

The following might be my last videos for a little while. The mic on my Ipod video recorder is not working so I can't get sound. I'll have it fixed but still I think I'll only upload vids once in a while from now on.

Things are fine with me, I'm building up the mileage and this week did 167K, I'll drop down some next week so I can be relatively fresh for my 10K race next Sunday but after that and the half I have on the 8th of November I'll start stringing together a bunch of 100 mile weeks.

I'm finding this lot of high mileage a tad easier than last, for example, I don't have the constant sore knees I had last time. It is marvelous how the body can cope. Yesterday, Saturday, I only did one run of 15K (not my normal doubles, mornings about 15K and nights about 10K) and I felt strong and refreshed, at least for two thirds of my Sunday long run. Let's just hope it stays like that.

Hope this finds you well.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


I'm uploading three videos taken Oct 10th. One of my favorite running course, one of me running there and another taken of a small festival I saw while there today. I made a mistake in the comentary in the first vid. I said I was doing a "42k" week when I meant to say 142K week. Anyway things are all good, just hope I can "keep on keeping on!"