I have had a long week again trying to get settled into our new life and shoveling mass amounts of snow. I have been sore and tired all week and haven't gotten much sleep. Hopefully I can get into a groove and start feeling better. Life is going good, do get me wrong, there are just a lot of things going on to take up time and energy. At least today was a nice day, tons warmer than what it has been.
I warmed up by myself for 1.5 miles before the race. The same field that was at the 5k showed up again, so I was hoping top 10 for me. I really didn't feel like running today, but was glad I made some effort after it was over. Sasha, Steve, and Adam were all planning on racing way faster than what I am able or wanted to do, so I knew I was on my own today. The course was just an extended version of the 5k course, so it was a pretty flat out and back. I wanted to run 5:50 miles (MP) for the run, so that is what I did. I stuck right around there for the race. I was all by myself for the whole race and got lazy in mile 3 and 4, but picked it up a bit in the last two miles to hit my goal. If I would have paid better attention to the time I could have went sub 36:00, but I ended up a couple of seconds over. I didn't stop my watch so I don't know my exact time yet. I felt good about my effort, being tired, sore, and running solo the entire race. However, when I saw how hard everyone else ran today I felt kind of lazy. Maybe I should have at least tried to catch Albert Wint who was about 10-15 seconds ahead of me, or brake 36:00. Oh well, I have next weekend off and then the 15k, Del Sol, and Moab all on back to back to back weekends. I'll have a better showing at those races for sure.
The thing that I am happy about, and I was telling Steve Ashbaker today, is that last year at the end of February I ran a 40 minute 10k and this year at the beginning I can run 36 minutes. I am just glad that I have been able to put in a few miles over the winter and that my achilles is getting better and didn't ever completely put me on the shelf.
(Tangent-218 miles) (Kahana- 125 miles)