Last year’s race was a test of agility and balance. (see my report at https://franfinney.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/chucks-steeplechase/ )
This years event was entirely different. Perfect weather, wonderful tide conditions. Pure pleasure!
Hal and I both decided to do Chuck’s beach run this year. Hal is planning to do the SB marathon – if his health allows – and is looking for a way to curtail his frequent injuries. He is trying out a new running technique. It’s called “Chi-running” – and my understanding of the technique is that it involves short, quick strides, a forward lean from the feet, and landing on the midfoot, with push-off at the forefoot. He ran 10 miles at an easy pace yesterday, and was using the race today as further testing of this technique.
I decided to use the race as a tempo run, to practice my pacing.
Boy, do I need practice!
I started off at what felt tempo-ish to me. At the turn-around I had averaged a 7:13 per mile pace.
But – second half of the race was waaay slower. My speed (and energy) gradually faded and the second half averaged only a 7:55 pace. 7:33 average overall, with a time of 43:15.
Hmmmm – Rusty – help me here! I just suck at this pacing thing!
Meanwhile, Hal breezed in, cooly Chi-running, about a minute behind me. I was so happy to see him doing so well, at much less than his highest effort!
Definitely a fun race, fantastic start to the day.
Afternote: Just saw the posted results! http://www.sbrunning.org/Results/Chucks09.htm
Rusty took first place with a speedy 30:44, followed by Aaron GIllen at 30:45. Awesome, guys!!