Catching Up

Yikes. This unplanned blogging hiatus has been much longer than I realized.

I’ve caught up with the following race recaps from this summer. All three were small, but fun, races.

  1. Strut for the Strays 5K
  2. Rhonda Walker Give and Get Fit 5K
  3. Rochester Rotary 10K 9K

My next race is the Brooksie Way half marathon this weekend. I ran this race last year and would have loved to try running a faster time this year, but I don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’ve been dealing with upper leg pain for almost six months now, and my hamstring has been causing me the most trouble recently. Some runs are mostly pain free, and others are fairly painful. My mileage has been much lower than I would like as I’ve tried to find a balance between staying (somewhat) in running shape and not overworking my injured leg. I plan to take some off from running after the Brooksie Way, but I’m not sure yet how much. I guess I’ll be getting reacquainted with cross training very soon…

My training has been so-so. I’ve been running at least a few times a week (most weeks), but I haven’t been doing long runs. I’ve topped out between 8-10 miles over the last couple months, with most of my runs ranging between 4-7 miles at a variety of paces. I’ve been very happy with some of my paces (usually on the shorter runs) and ability to run cut downs, while on other runs I feel like my feet are stuck in cement. But things could definitely be worse, and I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to keep running/jogging throughout the summer despite the injury.

I’m not sure yet what my race plan will be for the Brooksie Way, and I might not decide until just before the race starts – or maybe not until after it starts. I really doubt (I mean really, really doubt) that I’ll be close to my PR in this race even if I can run it hard, and I’ve already been mentally preparing myself to not get disappointed at running a slower race. The injury has just kept me from logging as many miles and quality workouts as I need to set PRs right now, so I’m resigning myself to being happy just running the race and hopefully keeping my pace consistent throughout, especially over the final six miles which seem like nothing but rolling hills. I might run with my wife, and if so, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to accompany her as she sets a PR like she did at the Borgess Half Marathon earlier this year. Regardless of whether I run with my wife or strike off on my own to see how much racing my hamstring can handle, I’m planning to enjoy the overall experience and the scenic course that incorporates a college campus, paved roads, dirt roads, trails, and plenty of hills. It will be great to see Stephen Clark‘s band The Trending Topics playing again this year, and I’m really looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends at the race this year. Let me know if you’ll be running in the 2012 edition of the Brooksie Way this weekend.

Happy running, and good luck to all of you who are training or racing this weekend!

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Rochester Rotary 10K Recap

My wife and I wanted to run a race within a few weeks of the upcoming Brooksie Way half marathon to get some practice running in a race environment while (ideally) maintaining a steady pace. We had considered doing the Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo 10K, but we had a conflict that day so we decided to try the Rochester Rotary 10K, a smaller race that didn’t conflict with our schedule.

It was a little chilly the morning of the race, and we were both split between wearing short sleeves or long sleeves. I tend to favor short sleeves if I think there’s any chance I’ll get too hot during a race, so I went with short sleeves. It ended up being a good decision because it warmed up nicely between the time we left home and the time we finished the race. I ran about 1.5 miles for a warm up, then met my wife near the start line to get ready for the race. It was a pretty small race, so there were no problems at all figuring out where to go and picking up the bibs, timing chips, and shirts. There were some issues with the bibs though, as the numbers we were originally assigned – numbers 2 and 3, respectively – were not available and we got replacement numbers (and corresponding timing chips). The woman in charge of the race marked down our names and numbers so she could verify that we showed up properly in the system after we finished. Some other runners had an issue where two or three of them had been assigned to the same number, so they had to scramble to get the replacement numbers sorted out and assigned correctly, but I think it ended up working out OK in the end for everyone.

The race started at one of the entrances to the Rochester Municipal Park and ended along a sidewalk within the park, not too far from the start line. There was a 5K and a 10K run concurrently, but the race was very small so the combined start wasn’t crowded at all. I had no idea what pace to run, so I ran with my wife and hoped to help pace her to a steady race. Stupid me forgot to take my Garmin out of power save mode until the race actually started, so my time and distance were off a little bit. I ended up using my wife’s watch data for the distance and the official results for my time. The finish was chip timed, but the start was not otherwise I would’ve just waited behind the start line until my watch acquired a GPS signal.

The race started just outside the park and wound through downtown Rochester putting the runners and walkers on the Clinton River Trail less than a mile into the race. The Clinton River Trail is a pretty flat former railroad with nice scenery. We stayed on the trail for a couple of miles, turning around where it changes into the Macomb Orchard Trail at the Oakland/Macomb county line. We retraced most of our outbound route on the trail, turning back toward downtown on the connector to the Paint Creek Trail. While we were told there would be water at the two-mile mark, we didn’t see any. Maybe that was for the 5K runners and walkers, whose route had turned off the trail and were on their own part of the course by the two-mile mark. When we reached the turnaround in the 10K race, we saw a case of water on the ground, but the case wasn’t opened yet (it had heavy plastic wrap covering it) and no table for water cups or anything. I didn’t mind because I don’t usually drink anything during 5Ks or 10Ks, but I know a lot of people like to have at least three water stops along a 10K course.

We were running pretty comfortably, averaging in the 7:30s, and as we approached the turnaround we saw two other runners who had already turned around and were well ahead of us by that point. That was it. The 5K route had turned off toward the Paint Creek Trail around the one-mile mark, and from that point on we hadn’t seen or heard any other runners from our race (the two leaders were already out of our view by that point). So we were in third and fourth place approaching the halfway point, and when we turned around there were some other runners not too far behind us. My wife and I have both dealt with nagging injuries all spring and summer, so neither of us was in all-out race mode. But we at least wanted to maintain our respective positions and not get dropped like a sack of potatoes during the second half of the race. We kept a pretty steady pace for the fourth and fifth miles, and I felt like maybe my wife could approach her 10K PR time as we turned off the Clinton River Trail and headed toward the Paint Creek Trail and back to the park. I was pushing the pace a little bit to keep the PR within reach, but trying to not push it to the point of making it intolerable for her.

All was going well when we hit the five-mile mark and the first (and only) water stop. There was a short uphill section coming up that my wife hates, and I figured that once we hit that section we would have less than a mile to go and could pick up the pace for a strong finish. Then we were directed into the park where we realized the finish was less than 100 meters ahead. So much for a strong finish when the finish line is right about where you want to start picking up the pace to lead to your kick! According to my wife’s Garmin, we ran 5.57 miles, which is just short of 9K. At least she got her PR…for a 9K, haha. I don’t know how the course was measured that poorly, but we were pretty disappointed with it being a full 1K short, and we did run the correct route. Oh well – there was nothing we could do about it, so we promptly went for a two-mile cool down. The people working the race were very nice and apologetic for the mix up with the bibs, and I don’t think any of the people with whom we spoke after the race were responsible for the short course. Based on the results, I think the 5K course may have also been short (unless there’s an unheralded runner in the area who went from the 21:00s in July to a sub-14:00 in September).

Other than the course being short, my only other problems with the race were the lack of snacks at the end (no bagels, bananas, etc. . . . just some water and Gatorade) and the tendency of volunteers along the second half of the race to not tell runners ahead of time when they needed to turn. There weren’t signs for those turns; we relied on the volunteers to direct us for each turn on the second half of the course. I’m not a speedster by any means, but when I’m approaching the last part of a race, the last thing I want to do is put on the brakes because I went a few feet past a turn before the volunteer who was standing there watching me approach told me to turn there. Those aren’t big issues, but I do appreciate being clearly told (or having clearly marked signs) where I need to turn at least a few seconds before I get to the turning point!

This was another case where we were happy to support a local organization, and we told ourselves that the lack of amenities just meant they could use more of the registration fees for their charitable endeavors. I don’t need Big Gulp-sized water bottles along a 10K 9K course or a buffet at the finish line, but I do appreciate at least a couple of water stops along the way and a snack or two at the end. We had a good time though and I enjoyed the scenic route. It was a nice training run on a beautiful day, it helped my wife realize that she’s probably in better race shape than she thought, and we saw dozens of ducks congregating at the edge of the park after the race . . . not a bad morning at all.

Chip time: 42:05 (5.57 miles)
Pace: 7:33/mile
Overall: 3/18
Gender: 3/14
Age group: 1/7

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Rhonda Walker Foundation Give and Get Fit 5K Recap

Here’s another “better late than never” race recap from the summer . . .

My wife and I wanted to run a second race in July, and while we wavered between a 5K and a 10K, we decided to run a 5K because both of us had been dealing with lingering injuries and running reduced mileage throughout the summer. We saw ads for a 5K/10K supporting the Rhonda Walker Foundation, a charity founded by local TV news anchor Rhonda Walker that helps empower inner city teen girls.

The t-shirt logo from the Rhonda Walker Foundation Give and Get Fit 5K/10K.

The race started and ended in a big parking lot across the street from the Somerset Collection, an upscale mall in suburban Detroit. The weather was perfect for running, and the packet pick up was well organized and went smoothly. Rhonda Walker was making the rounds among the crowd before and after the race, and she was very approachable and gracious; another local celebrity, Mojo from the local radio morning show “Mojo in the Morning,” was Grand Marshal. We weren’t familiar with the route ahead of time, except from looking at a map that showed it going through some neighborhoods and around a park and school. It looked like it would be a pretty peaceful route with no busy streets and minimal traffic.

Thanks to Rhonda Walker for graciously taking the time to chat and pose for photos even though she had plenty going on all morning.

We gathered in the start corral after doing some warm up strides, and got ready to race. As we were getting ready to start a few minutes after the scheduled time, an announcement was made that the 10K would be starting first, so the 10K runners and walkers were to move to the front of the corral. We weren’t aware until then that there would be separate starts, but no big deal. We waited a few more minutes, then the 5K started. There were volunteers directing us out of the parking lot and into the neighborhood, and there were some signs in the ground directing us where to turn. All was going smoothly to this point.

Then we got to a park and a school about halfway through the race and there were no more volunteers. There were still a few signs, but not as many as there had been earlier in the race and not in the most ideal spots. I had no idea where to go, and I wasn’t alone. It was a fairly small race with many walkers, so the runners had become pretty strung along by this point and it wasn’t as simple as just following the person in front of me. Once the course started to lack directions, a guy running near me and I were basically lost and just kept running until we saw a sign. We had no idea we were supposed to run across a school parking lot then turn onto a sidewalk and double back in the direction from which we had just come. When we got back into the neighborhood, we had no idea where we were supposed to turn.

We just kept running around the neighborhood until the distance looked reasonable (we didn’t want to hit the finish line at a ridiculously short distance like 2.6 miles). Then we figured out where to go to exit the neighborhood and head toward the finish, and I realized I ran around the neighborhood too much because I’d be well over 3.1 miles. Oh well. I encountered a few other racers in the neighborhood, and all of them were lost, too. I finally made it to the finish line after running 3.54 miles (per my Garmin) in 23:32, for a 6:40 average pace. I was hoping to run at a pace closer to 6:20 or 6:25, but with all of the confusion and the stopping and starting along the second half of the course trying to figure out where to go, I can’t complain. I was very happy that my hamstring didn’t bug me during the race, though it was sore after the race. My wife had the same problems with poor markings along the second half of the course, and she ran approximately the same distance I did despite us running vastly different routes over the last couple miles of the race.

There was a health expo in the Somerset Collection following the race, so we hung out there while we waited for the award ceremony. Detroit City Council President (and former local TV news anchor) Charles Pugh was on stage greeting award winners; he ran the 10K and spoke to the crowd about losing a lot of weight recently through a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise. It seemed like the results would be a disaster due to running almost a half mile extra, so my wife and I were shocked to learn that we had won our respective age groups – we had absolutely no idea until they presented the awards. I guess everyone was in pretty much the same boat with the course issues, so our age group placements must have evened out in the end due to most of the other runners running too far as well. It was pretty frustrating having the course be so poorly marked, but we were happy with the age group awards and tried to keep in mind that we were supporting a good cause. When we registered for the race, we thought it was at least the second year for the race and thus expected it to better organized at the start and be better marked. But we found out just before the start that it was the second year for the expo and the first year for the race. I’m sure they will learn from this year’s mistakes and mark the course better next year, as this has the potential to be a very good race in a nice suburban area.

My age group medal from the Rhonda Walker Foundation Give and Get Fit 5K.

With some of the other age group winners from the Rhonda Walker Foundation Give and Get Fit 5K.

Chip time: 23:34
Garmin time: 23:32 (3.54 miles)
Pace (per Garmin): 6:40/mile
Overall: 6/122
Gender: 5/50
Age group: 1/14
Slowest mile (per Garmin): 7:06 (mile 3)
Fastest mile (per Garmin): 6:27 (mile 1)

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Strut for the Strays 5K Recap

This race recap is very late, but better late than never . . .

My wife and I planned this race around a weekend visit to the other side of the state in July (yes, this recap is that late). We are animal lovers and like supporting organizations that help animals when we can, so we were happy to support the Humane Society of South Central Michigan by running this race. I was thrilled that my dad decided to go with us and walk it (the walk was also a 5K and was concurrent with the run).

A cool dog statue at the animal shelter.

We got to the Humane Society (where the race started and finished) at least a half hour before the race started because we hadn’t registered early. The registration process was a breeze, so we had plenty of time to stretch, warm up, and check out the shelter’s decorations before the race started. I was pumped to see a mascot in a dog costume walking around…I love simple, cheesy stuff like mascots in dog costumes. The start line was right in front of the Humane Society, so we had no problem finding it or getting lined up a few minutes before the race started. This race didn’t have timing chips and didn’t have a lot of participants, so I lined up near the front without any problems (and without feeling like I was cutting anyone off). I had no idea of what to expect, so I figured I’d try to start strong and hold on for as long as I could.

Mascots rule!

I started out at the front, and after the first quarter or half mile I was comfortably in third place. And that’s how it stayed for the rest of the race. I was very happy with how I ran considering my lack of speed work all summer and my reduced mileage since injuring my leg around Easter. The only drawback to running in a smaller race like this one is that having my place pretty much wrapped up within the first mile is that I didn’t push myself as much as I probably would have if there were people near me in the last mile of the race. I wasn’t going to catch the two guys in front of me, so I just tried to hold on and not get passed by anyone. There was a turnaround about 1.3 miles into the race, and I saw that there weren’t any other runners too close to me at that point (and nobody who looked like they were running at a much faster pace than me). So at that point, I focused more on maintaining my pace than trying to catch the guys in front of me. When I passed my dad somewhere before the two-mile mark, he said I was probably about 200 meters in front of the next person, so I figured I was OK to just keep up what I was doing for the rest of the race. While most of the race was run on flat roads, the last quarter mile or so was on a nice wood chip-lined trail that had a lot of turns. I really liked the trail, and it would’ve made things pretty interesting if there was a group trying to sprint for position at the end of the race. While I failed miserably at maintaining a steady pace, I didn’t totally tank and my hamstring didn’t affect my running. I think I was just not conditioned enough to maintain my pace after the first mile.

A neat cat statue at the animal shelter.

It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t push it too much because my hamstring was hurting quite a bit while I was warming up and stretching before the race. It didn’t bother me at all during the race though (luckily), so I was able to run a bit faster than I thought I would immediately before the race. It didn’t feel like a third-place overall type of effort, but I’ll take it! There were some good snacks after the race, including some goodies from Kellogg’s . . . we were in the Cereal City, after all! There were some issues with the women’s results, but I think they eventually got things straightened out. They originally told my wife she finished second or third overall for women, but she didn’t think that was right and a couple other women came forward and said their times were faster. I guess that’s one of the downfalls of not using chip timing, but it seemed to have gotten straightened out fairly quickly. My medal is attached to a dog collar instead of a ribbon, and I think that’s a really neat and unique twist to the awards. I enjoyed the race, was happy to support a great cause, and am very glad that my wife and my dad both participated, too.

The t-shirt design and front & back photos of my Strut for the Strays medal.

Official time: 20:06
Garmin time: 20:06 (3.04 miles)
Pace (per Garmin): 6:36/mile
Overall: 3/114
Gender: 3/??
Age group: N/A
Slowest mile (per Garmin): 6:57 (mile 3)
Fastest mile (per Garmin): 6:17 (mile 1)

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Run 2 Read 5K Recap

I took 12 days off from running after the Bayshore Marathon, and just resumed running a few days ago on a reduced schedule similar to the one I was on in the weeks leading up to Bayshore – runs done by time (instead of distance) at an easy or comfortable pace. No speed work or other running for me until at least the end of this month. As a result, I didn’t have any races on my schedule for the foreseeable future, other than maybe a couple of short local races to run at a training pace (rather than at race pace).

However, there are some smaller local races this month that might fit in my training/recovery schedule as long as I treat them as training runs rather than races so I don’t risk aggravating my hip flexor/glute/hamstring. One of those races is the Run 2 Read 5K and 10K benefiting the Macomb Literacy Partners and the Oakland Literacy Council. I first heard about this race via Twitter a couple of months ago, but I didn’t commit to it because I didn’t know when I’d want to race again after my first marathon, especially if my injury hadn’t healed prior to the marathon. My first post-Bayshore run, an easy 20 minutes on Thursday, went well. My next scheduled run was 30 minutes on Saturday – the day of the Run 2 Read races – and I thought it would be fun to run the 5K and then add on whatever time I needed to get to 30 minutes as a cool down. As difficult as it can be to resist the temptation to try for a PR every time I race, I knew that I would need to exercise discipline and not run all out if I want my leg to heal sometime this year. So I decided to run the 5K at a moderate pace that was faster than an easy run, but nowhere near race pace.

The race was held at Stony Creek Metropark, which is one of my favorite places to run. Even better, most of the race was run on scenic trails within the park rather than on the less-scenic paved path that circles the park’s lake. I think running on the softer surface of the trails helped make up a little bit for the faster pace, as my legs felt OK during and after the race. I definitely notice the difference in surfaces when I’m running with an injury or significant soreness. I think there were between 150-200 runners and walkers total for the 5K and 10K. Because I decided so late to run the race, I had to register on site before the event, and that process went very smoothly. The race shirts were gray cotton with a red logo and red lettering for the sponsor names. Luckily there were still some available for race-day registrants. The volunteers and race officials were extremely friendly and helpful, everything seemed very well organized, and there were periodic announcements letting runners know what time the National Anthem would be played and where runners needed to go prior to the start. The race was chip timed, but there wasn’t a timing mat at the start line, so all times were gun times. There were some late arrivals still approaching the start line after the race began, so their times were based on the gun time and not when they actually crossed the start line.

The front of the race shirt.

I wasn’t sure what to expect while running, as I haven’t done any speed work or even tempo runs in about two months, but it went well under the circumstances. My pacing was uneven, with my mile splits varying by almost a minute (yikes!), and I felt a little winded at a couple points during the second half of the race. My first mile was the fastest, my second mile was the slowest, and my third mile was somewhere in between. My average pace for the race was almost halfway between my 5K PR pace and my marathon pace (a few seconds closer to marathon pace), which I’ll accept as a decent pace for what was supposed to be an easy/comfortable run. I definitely labored more than I would have liked (and much more than I would have if I had been able to do speed work recently), but I don’t think that’s abnormal when running faster than I have for several weeks. It was weird running more than a minute per mile off of my PR pace, but it was nice to run faster than an easy pace for a change. Even better, I managed to finish fourth overall, fourth among males, and second in my age group! I got a nice certificate of completion for finishing, as well as complimentary tickets to Cranbrook House and Gardens for placing in my age group. That’s a very cool prize, and we’re looking forward to using it. We haven’t been to Cranbrook in several years, and it’s a very scenic place that we should visit more often. My wife has taken some great photos of Cranbrook on previous visits. The post-race snacks were pretty standard; since it was a short race, I just had a banana and a bottle of water before I did my cool down run to get to my 30:00 total for the day. When I returned to the race area after I finished my cool down, I made a beeline for the Hudsonville ice cream trailer I had seen before the race. They gave me a very generous scoop of ice cream, and it was a great post-race treat.

My certificate of completion.

A photo my wife took at Cranbrook.

Post-race ice cream is awesome!

The course was very scenic; after running on a paved drive for close to a half mile, we turned on to the trails and stayed on either trails or grass for the remainder of the race. It was a moderately challenging course due to a few hills. The hills were a little challenging, but they weren’t brutal, and were nothing out of the ordinary for a trail course. The only thing that frustrated me along the course was the lack of signage. There were signs posted where the 5K and 10K branched off or where runners and walkers had to turn, but I would have liked to see signs at every trail intersection, even when we didn’t have to turn. Fortunately, I assumed correctly that we were to go straight on the trail if there was an intersection and no sign was posted. It wasn’t too big of a deal, but since it was a small race and thinned out once the 5K and 10K runners separated, there was a considerable stretch where I was running alone and could have taken a wrong turn. But it all worked out, and I enjoyed the course. I mentioned the signage issue to a volunteer after the race, and I hope it will be corrected for next year’s run. This was only the second year this race was run though, and I’m sure that’s just one of the growing pains. Overall, I thought the race organizers did an excellent job, and I’d certainly be willing to run it again. I had a lot of fun and was very happy to support a great cause. I’m looking forward to getting back to 100% and hope to race some 5Ks and 10Ks later this summer.

Gun time: 22:43
Garmin time: 22:42 (3.08 miles)
Pace (per Garmin): 7:24/mile
Overall: 4/100
Gender: 4/44
Age group: 2/18
Slowest mile (per Garmin): 7:49 (mile 2)
Fastest mile (per Garmin): 6:55 (mile 1)

Did you race this weekend? If so, how did it go?

Temperatures are in the 90s here this weekend. What adjustments, if any, do you make when you run in very warm weather?

Have you ever run a race knowing ahead of time that you were going to run at an easier pace rather than run all out? If so, how did you keep yourself from running too hard?

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Happy National Running Day

Happy National Running Day! In honor of this “runners’ holiday,” many runners have been posting responses to the question, “Why do you run?”

On the most basic level, I run because I can. I know many people aren’t physically able to run, and I remember this often. I’m very fortunate to have the ability to run, and I try to take advantage of this gift as often as possible. Of course I run for myself, but by running because I can, I’d like to think that in some small way I’m also running for those can’t run.

I started running for health reasons. For me, running is the form of exercise that gives me “the most bang for my buck.” I was able to lose a lot of weight by combining consistent running with better eating habits and cross training (for me, cross training is primarily bicycling and lifting weights). But running is the form of exercise I enjoy the most and do most often. Running allows me to clear my head, and I’ve found that I’m often very relaxed after I finish running. Running also allows me to explore new areas. Once I had been running consistently for a while and built a solid mileage base, I was able to run farther and explore trails, parks, roads, and neighborhoods that were new to me. In the “early days,” however, any deviation from my planned route that meant extra distance just sounded too daunting for me to even try. Since my wife began occasionally joining me for runs a couple years ago (and subsequently began running consistently, too), it has become an activity/sport we’ve grown to share. We’ve run races of various sizes and distances together…well, we usually don’t run together, but we run in the same races). We’ve run very close to home and we’ve run spur-of-the-moment hundreds of miles from home while on vacation. We’ve run everything from 5Ks to half marathons together, and most importantly, we’ve had a blast (almost) every mile of the way.

With my wife after I finished the Bayshore Marathon. I don’t know if she realizes how much her patience and encouragement helped me survive my first marathon.

I won’t even try to list all of the reasons why I run or the benefits I get from running, but such a list would be very long. Whatever running means to you personally, I hope you enjoy National Running Day and appreciate every mile you’re fortunate enough to run throughout the year.

Happy after running the 2011 Brooksie Way Half Marathon!

What are one or two of the ways in which running has changed you?

Do you have any specific reasons for running, or do you run “just because”?

Are you celebrating National Running Day by running or doing anything special? Is it even acknowledged/celebrated outside of the United States? “National” implies that it’s just a United States thing, but I have no idea if it has caught on elsewhere and maybe become more of an International Running Day.

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Next Steps

I still have a runner’s high from completing my first marathon last weekend. I’ve decided that I want run another one, but I don’t know yet when or where. There are a few races I’m interested in running this fall, but I’ll wait to decide on fall races until my hip flexor heals…hopefully it will be back to 100% within the next few weeks.

Until then, I’ll be cross training, and I might resume easy running next week with the predetermination that I’ll stop if I have any hip flexor pain. Then I’ll work on rebuilding my mileage base and slowly incorporate some speed work. I really want to start signing up for local 5Ks and 10Ks as soon as possible, but that won’t be smart until my hip flexor is healed. Even then, it might not be smart given my lack of recent speed work, haha.

I’ve been a little disappointed this week about running a huge positive split in the marathon. However, I keep telling myself, “Dude – you just ran a freaking marathon, and you did it on reduced training with a lingering injury.” I can’t help competing with myself (or my expectations, at least) when I run, but I also need to keep things in perspective. I’m not fast enough to ever have anything at stake when I race, so the only pressure I really have is from myself. And I missed several long runs and speed workouts due to my hip flexor. I’d like to think I would’ve been able to hold up at least a little better during the second half of the race if I had a full training segment. I’m thrilled to be a marathoner now, but there’s that little part of me that occasionally thinks, “Positive split?! WTF?!” I guess the positive thing about positive splits, other than them being positive (haha), is that they’re great incentive to run better next time…

I hope you have a great weekend and run (or cross train) happy!

Are you racing this weekend? If so, at what distance?

Do you ever get disappointed when you don’t meet a goal, even though you should be happy with what you accomplished despite missing the goal? If so, how do you balance any disappointment with the sense of accomplishment?

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