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.
During the first 4 miles of the Gate City Half Marathon at least 4 different runners asked me what pace I was hoping to run. I was honest with all of them, 5:50 pace. There wasn’t much hoping about it. I knew what shape I was in, and I knew what the course was like.
Racing well is about honestly assessing your fitness, and then being willing to take a chance if you are feeling good. I wasn’t feeling good, and it was all I could do to hold onto 5:50 pace, but mostly managed to do just that.
Racing well is also about not worrying about other people and just running your best race. I’m happy to report that I beat all the people who asked me what I was hoping run. Don’t let other people’s expectations drag you down. Results Here
Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
I’m trying to get faster. Not faster than I ever was, but faster than I am today. Best finish in 4 years and 4 tries at the USATF Masters National 10K Championships. Seventeenth place in 34:50. Results here.
This means two things. One, I’m focused on my training in a way I haven’t in years. Two, no one is going to read this.
A few months ago I decided to try something new with my running goals. Instead of setting racing goals, I set a few training goals. In the past I would set goals such as, I want to break 16 minutes for the 5k (never happened), or I want to break 4:30 for the mile (happened in 2011). Over the last couple years my racing goals became more modest, but even those I failed to hit. This year my goals were focused on training, and I believe they are if not easy to obtain, at least something I know I can accomplish with dedication and a little bit of luck.
My first goal was to run everyday for a month. I believe the most consecutive days of running I’ve ever done is 21 or 22 days. I wasn’t going to worry about total mileage for the month, I was just going to get in a run everyday. I was planning on doing this in July or August because I thought my schedule might allow for more flexibility. Then I found myself 20 days into April without having missed a day and decided to just close out the month and check this one goal off my list. The streak started on March 29 and went through April 30th so I actually went a few days over. I ended up running 205 miles for April, marking only the 3rd time in as many years I’ve gone over 200 miles in a month. I also ran a 34:50 10K, (more on this in my next post) I hadn’t broken 35 minutes since May of 2015. You can checkout my running log by clicking here.
I’ll write about my other 2 training goals as I accomplish them. I plan to do one in July and the other in September, but who knows, they might come earlier if my training stays on track.
As for Twitter. I deleted my 10 year old account for one simple reason. On balance I generally felt worse after spending time on Twitter. It was a net negative in my life. I no longer see any reason to continually infect my brain with the thoughts of people I don’t know or care about. Having already deleted Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (although I never really used Snapchat), the only social media service I still use is reddit. Reddit doesn’t make me feel bad, I know there is plenty of awful shit on that site, but I never interact with people or go to sketchy sub-reddits, and mostly just enjoy the pop culture news and silly animal gifs.
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