Running for the Bay 10K - Apalachicola

Competed in the Running for the Bay 10K in Apalachicola on Sunday.  It was a decent race, and I ran fairly well.  Didnt quite hit my goal time, but I did set a new personal record for a 10K and finished 3rd in my age group.  Not too bad, although I shouldn't be too excited about the new personal record.  This is only my second official 10K.

It was an early start - 0715 Eastern time - pitch black on the walk to the starting line.  Sun didn't break the horizon until about 30 minutes into the run.  But it was cool and crisp for October in Florida.  Pleasant running weather.

This race is my last tune up before my half marathon in 3 weeks.  Going to do a 12 miler this weekend, then start tapering off until half marathon race day in early November.  I used the Galloway run-walk-run method the whole way.  It worked well.  I felt like I still had energy in the tank at the finish.  Even my wife said I looked a whole lot better crossing the finish line this year than my 10K last year.  When I pressed, she said "Last year you like you were dying coming across the finish; this year not so much."  So . . . at least I have that going for me :)

Here is a picture of the medal I got for finishing.  Looks pretty good.  I like the green.

[caption id="attachment_159" align="alignright" width="216"] Running for the Bay 2012 - front


[caption id="attachment_160" align="alignleft" width="216"] Running For Bay 2012 - Back


 

10 miles - But not a great day

Ran 10 miles today for the first time. It wasn’t easy.

I should be proud, but it wasn’t a great day. I didm give up tough. And I know better days are ahead.

Running a 10K in Apalachicola next weekend. Looking forward to another test. Just a few weeks to go. . . .

9 miles . . and I feel fine.

I ran 9 miles this morning, and in the words of the immortal Michael Stipe, I feel fine.  Tried the Galloway method on the run and it was a big success.  A little over and 11:30 pace, which is what I hope to do for the upcoming half.  Basically, I ran a full mile longer than last week, but did it 15 minutes quicker.  Burned over 1200 calories.


For the first time since I started this quest, I think I am actually going to make it.  One month to go . . .

Bailey Bridge - Evening Run

First run of October. Took it easy. A nice slow jog as the sun was setting over North Bay in Lynn Haven. It rained most of the day and sprinkled on me a bit. Kind of liked it. Also, it was pretty windy with a storm system coming in over the Gulf and heading to the northeast.

Looking back, I ran 52 miles in September. Not as good as August, but I also included a lot more cross training this month to save my legs. The longer runs this month (7 and 8 miles) were challenging - especially the 8 miler. I was really really slow and beat at the end of that one. I going to keep adding miles this month and distance, but will be putting the Galloway method to the test on the longer (5 miles plus) runs. I think that will be the only way to do this. My mantra of “No Walking” is no more. It should be “walking required, you idiot” instead.

Looking forward to another month of training, then the race in early November. Keep wishing me luck. . . .

Run for the Renaissance 5K

Ran a local 5K at Frank Brown Park. Tried a little but of the Galloway method - I walked into the erin station and once again for 30 seconds with about a half mile to go. Not sure f they helped or not. I did run a personal best time for a 5K though - right about a 10 minute mile pace. Felt like I could have done a little better though . … oh well. I wasn’t sure if the improved times were because elf the extra rest or the run-walk-run thing. I am signing up for a 10K in Appalachicola next month. That is only a little less than half the distance of the half marathon, but should be a better test of where I am then. Also, I ordered a new set of shoes today in anticipation of the wearing out my old ones in the next month. I don’t want to go into the race with new shoes, but slightly used shoes. I ordered exactly what I am running in now - The Beast, by Brooks. Very satisfied with them after 400 miles or so...