Ran a race this morning! Very last minute.
Yesterday, Hal asked me if I was planning on running the Superbowl 4-miler race.. As usual for me lately, I had not gotten up early enough to run yesterday. I said “Maybe. . .” and Hal said “I’ll come!” Jason, our son, who generally prefers not to go to my races, was willing to come along help Hal out during the race. So off I went to Outfooters – to sign up and commit myself.
I had no expectations whatsoever for this race. At least in terms of my performance. Two years ago, I ran that race in 27:44 – 6:56 per mile. Last year, six months after Hal was diagnosed with ALS, I ran the race in 30:28 – 7:37 per mile. My most recent race, the New Years Resolution 5k, I ran at over an 8:05 per mile pace. And that was a shorter race. But I did have a hamstring strain at the time. My training strategy since New Years? Recovery. As in no running. A bit of jogging with my dog – once a week – for 2 miles at a 15 minute per mile pace, with my brace on. Not very impressive.
So there I was. Beautiful day.. Sunny, no wind, not too cold or too hot. I put myself In the back, and off to the side, so I could see Hal and wave. The race started. I trotted over toward Hal. And waved. Then I started passing people.
Well – I can’t say I ran a great race, or even a good one, but considering my “training strategy”, it went surprisingly well. Rusty cheered me on twice – to my embarrassment and delight. Hal and Jason were waiting near the finish. Hal raised his left arm to show he saw me. And I finished strong, coming in at 31:25 – an average pace of 7:52.
So. Recovery. A good strategy? Hmmm… I do think, unfortunately, there is a limit to the performance enhancements one can expect, if one follows that stategy exclusively.
But right now, I feel great. Coached workouts, here I come????