So I have not dropped off the face of the planet, I know it has been almost a month since I have posted. Things get very busy for me over the summer and I just haven’t had time to write.
I have not been doing that many different things, mostly trying to keep up on yardwork and of course as much running as I can fit in. Since running the Cleveland full marathon, I have been just out enjoying myself. Last weekend I ran the Distance Classic Half Marathon in Concord, OH (About half an hour from my house). It was a really fun run, and I was able to do it in 2:04. I was hoping for between 2:00-2:15, so I was right where I wanted to be.
This weekend I ran two 5k races, yesterday was a practice race so I could try to figure out how to run a shorter race, I have been training for such long distances that it is totally different running the shorter ones. I took off way to fast on this race running the first mile in about 6 minutes 30 seconds, I spent the next couple miles really trying to just keep going. I finished pretty close to the front, at least in the top 20 I would guess out of a few hundred runners.
Today I ran again, this time with two friends/coworkers (Matt & Rebecca). Rebecca has been working the the couch potato to 5k training program for the last 2-3 months I think, and this was her first 5k, I was hoping it would work out for me to be able to run it with her for the heck of it, and then I talked her husband (Matt) into running it as well. They did great and they both beat their personal records for the distance.
I was excited because I ended up winning this race, the race coordinators were running the 5k and a Biathlon at the same time, both races did the same course, but at the end the Biathlon runners got on their bikes for the second leg of their race while the 5k runners exited to the finish line. I pretty much kept up with the first group of runners through the whole race, they didn’t have mile markers so I wasn’t really sure how far along we were until I was within half a mile of the finish line and I was still moving pretty fast. I didn’t realize until after I crossed the finish line that I was the first runner through for the 5k. The next runner for the 5k was a full 3 minutes behind me!
That being said, that 5k is very small, I am not sure how many people ran it, but I doubt that there was more than 15-20 people that ran it. I finished in 22:28 I think (I will get an official time in a couple days). All three of us ended up getting metals. I got the overall mens first place, Rebecca got third place in her age group, and Matt got first place in his age group.
Overall, it was a great run, and I have been having a fun time running some shorter races while I am still training for my next marathon.
Check out the Vibrams, Matt and I both raced in Vibram KSO’s. Rebecca is going to start training in hers for the next race!