Two Good Races

This week I had two good races.  Typically I wouldn’t run 2 races in a week, but the first race on Sunday was a 5K and was part of the Seacoast Road Race series that I had committed to.  The second race on Tuesday was the Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile race.  As this is the only 10 miler I tend to do, and I missed last year, I wanted to get it in this year.

Both races went great.  The 5K was York Home Days in York, Maine.  It was a great course, pretty flat and goes along the ocean for a a while.  My time was good, 24:59 — 8:03 pace.  2014-07-29 09.05.29

(So far this year, I have only broken the 8 minute pace once in a 5K, but I’ve been very close a few times.)   I did come in 2nd in my age group, and got this visor!

 

As for the Yankee Homecoming 10 mile race, I wanted to come in at 1 hour and 30 minutes (9 minute pace), but I really thought that was unrealistic and so I figured anything between 1:30 and 1:35 would be good.  Two years ago when I ran the race my time was 1:35:25.

 

Well I am quite pleased to say that I not only beat my last time, but I been my goal, finishing in 1:28:46 — Woo Hoo!  Of course I was totally spent at the end of the race, and when I woke up this morning, even my toes hurt!  (I think I need some new foot beds in my running shoes.)

 

But I am feeling great now and looking ahead to mixing in more distance running as I prepare for a half marathon in the fall.

Completed the Will Run For Beer Series!

Yesterday was the last race in the Smuttynose Will Run for Beer Series.  It was a series of 8 races from January 1-June 22–all offering a beer to runners of age, after the race!  When a  runner registers for the series and completes 5 races, they get a running jacket.  Most of the races were 5Ks although there was a 4 miler and half marathon option.  (I ran 4 5Ks and the 4 mile race).  One of the good things about this series is that it got me started running earlier in the season (my first 2 races were in March).  And the shorter distances allowed me to really work on my sped.

I did really well in the series, and while I don’t have my overall series results yet, yesterday I finished the 5K in 25:07 at a 8:06 pace.  Even better, I finished 6th out of 129 in my age group.  (I always set a goal of top 10% so this is a great result.)

And I got a great jacket!

Now it is on to some longer distances and the hot and humid summer races…

 

Market Square Day 10K

I had a great race today!  It was the 36th annual Market Square Day 10K in Portsmouth, NH.  The race kicks off Market Square Day which is a celebration of arts and culture in downtown Portsmouth.  The streets are closed to traffic, and there are street vendors, entertainers, and activities for kids throughout the downtown.

 

The race starts right at Market Square and makes a 6.2 mile loop around the city.  It is a fun race with people lining the route cheering for the runners.  I had a few friends along the way and it is always so encouraging to see them!

 

As this was my first 10K this year, (actually since 2012) I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of time.  I had run a bunch of 5Ks this year and my time ranged from 8:54 for my first race to 7:47.  I was shooting for under 9 minute miles for today’s 10K.

 

Well I was very happy with my time of 52:42 (8:29 pace)!  This is the best 10K time I have had in years (In 1999 I ran a 10K in 45:21 (7:17 pace)  but I was 15 year younger then!  My overall goal is always to finish in the top 10% of my age group, and while I didn’t quite make that today I was close (16 out of 143, top 11%) and very, very pleased!  I guess the speed work my running partner and I have been doing is really paying off (Thanks Coach CJ)!

 

Of course I pretty much took the rest of the day off.  I ate, took a LONG, HOT shower, took a nap, ate some more, read a little, and now it is almost 6:00 pm and time for dinner.

 

 

Goals, Goals, Goals

Is it just me, or is this year flying by?  Before I review my progress on my 2014 goals, let me just say I have been VERY busy at work this month, and so I didn’t get to a lot of these; (but the year is still young!) I think it best if I just summarize what I did accomplish rather than what I didn’t!

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Train my puppy.  This was my big goal for the the beginning of this year and I am very happy to report that I think she is 98% there!

 

Get together with at least 2 friends each month — Well I didn’t have one on one time with just girlfriends, but I did have dinner with a friend and her husband, and I spent time with my cousins over Easter.Visit my kids at least every 6 weeks — I visited with my kids in April, and we have visits planned for next week, a few days in June and in July!

Write 52 letters in 52 weeks — I sent out one letter to Wendy, a birthday card to Carolyn and 6 Easter cards, technically not 1 each week, but 8 for the month!

Exercise a minimum of 3 times a week, preferably more.  – I ran 9 times in April, including 2 races, a road race and a trail run.  I had a time of 24:11 in the road race, and a 3rd place age group finish in the trail run!  I am on my way to achieving my goal of running a sub 24 minute 5K!

My specific April Resolutions, didn’t go so well (they didn’t go at all), and so I am carrying them over into May!

  • Find a photographer for some photos for my website
  • Go through the CSS tutorial from Code Academy and WordPress
  • Paint bathroom and/or basement step
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5K Trail Run Results

Woo Hoo!  I had a great race today.  It was a 5K trail run from the Seacoast Science Center along the beach and through the trails at Odiorne State Park.  The park is right on the beach.  As a matter of fact there are still bunkers (overgrown with grass and foliage) where they military personnel and weapons were stored during World War II as part of the  coastal defenses that protected Portsmouth Harbor and the naval shipyard.   And yes, we ran up (and back down) these man made hills!

 

 

Not only was I very happy with my time: 25:54 (8:21 pace), but I came in 3rd in my age group!  The last time I did this race my time was 29:42.  Of course that was 2 years ago, before I started running more regularly.

This running season is shaping up nicely.  I’ve been getting in my training runs, and my running buddy and I have been doing speed work once a week.  Her husband has taken on the role of coach and it certainly has made a difference.  A few weeks ago, I ran a 5K road race in 24:11 — 7:48 pace!  I haven’t come close to that in ages!!

For all you runners out there, do you know about the website Athlinks?  http://www.athlinks.com/  You just put in your name and all the races in which you have run pop up!  You click on them to add them to your profile and you have a record of all your races and times.  It is a great site!  You can even link with other runners.

Happy Trails!