Way back in late spring I had worked myself into very good shape. Months of steady mileage and long runs enabled me to break 35 minutes in the 10k for the first time since leaving NY. I also had a nice half marathon in May averaging 5:51 pace over a steadily rolling course. I kept up some solid mileage through June, but I was feeling worn out. Each run felt like a chore and after struggling to a 35:34 finish at the Capital City Classic 10k I decided to take some time off to rejuvenate. As you can see from the chart below, I never got it going again.
Needless to say, my race times didn’t improve with the drop in miles, but in my quest to win the New Hampshire Grand Prix I kept slogging through the events. First with the Boot Scoot’n Boogie 5k and then the Granite State 10 Miler.
In both those races I made excuses for my sub par times: it was hot, it was humid, the moon was too bright. But the simple fact is, you can’t fake it in running. Either you put in the work or you pay the price.
The full bill finally came due this past Sunday at the CHaD Half Marathon. I crashed harder in the last 4 miles of of the CHM than I have in any other race. I went from a foolishly optimistic 6:00 minute pace through 9 miles to a final pace of 6:16. Those last 4 miles were possibly the worst 4 miles I’ve run in a race.
I’m now face with some tough decisions. Am I OK training at a lower level and racing slower? Would I rather spend the next few years focusing on other activities (golf). Do I run just for health and don’t worry about time? Do I use this as an oppertunity to recommit my training and aim for another great spring of racing?
I’m giving all this a lot of thought. While I’m deciding I’ll keep shuffling along.
After years of media marathoning and not running a marathon, I can now say I’ve done both. I raced the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in Albany, NY on October 13, 2019.
Running a marathon doesn’t connect to this blog in name only: running has been an influential part of my professional life. Briefly, here’s why. (If you’re here just for the race report, think of this next part as the boring story about Aunt Edna’s apple pie before you get to the actual recipe.)…Read the rest.
Sunday was the 4th race in the New Hampshire Grand Prix, and the 3rd I’ve laced up for. Since this one was right in our backyard, both Lisa and I raced while the kids stayed home with a sitter. The race was the misnamed, Windham Flat & Fast 5k. Misnamed because it was a point to point course that went steadily uphill the whole way. It was never steep, more like setting your treadmill on 1 incline. I felt pretty sluggish the whole way and ground out a 17:05. Lisa finished better than she expected as she had been pretty knocked out with allergies leading into the race.
Next up was the Capital City Classic 10k in Concord. The race served as the 6th race in the NHGP and the 4th for me in the series. It was hot and flat, and I never felt good. But I managed a decent 35:32 for a first over 40 and 12th overall. I did not fair well in the age group scoring for the NHGP finishing only 4th for 7 points, but it is enough to keep me in the lead. The current standings for the series are below.