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June 12, 2011

5k Race in FiveFingers

Filed under: Running — Tags: , — Marcus @ 4:05 pm

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!

May 21, 2010

26:42 My new 3 mile running record

Filed under: Misc,Outdoors — Tags: , , , — Marcus @ 4:29 am

As I have mentioned earlier in the blog, I have been working out since the beginning of the year,  I started out doing just general fitness, but I have since switched to mostly running for my workouts.  When I first started running about 2 months ago it took me almost 45 minutes to run 3 miles, there was alot of jogging/walking/jogging/walking, etc.  It seems like every week or so I reach another milestone and break my time record again.

I decided to post my running time today since it is starting to look good plus it is also the first time since I started running that I ran the entire 3 miles without having to slow down to a walk at any point.  Up until this point, most of my better times were because I would walk less during my run, but this was the first time I didn’t walk at any point during the 3 miles.

So that being said, here are my goals for running:

  1. First and foremost, I started running to get into better shape for hiking, I would love to do a hike in the smokey mountains, but right now there is no way I am in good enough shape for it.
  2. Get my per mile time down to 8 minutes, I am getting closer, but I have not made it yet (Almost had a party for doing better than 10 minute miles!)
  3. I decided I am going to run the 5k race at the Spartansburg fair, I always wanted to do it as a teenager and for some reason never did.
  4. Next year I would like to run either a half or full marathon.  Several of my coworkers run in the Cleveland marathon every year and I would love to be able to do it myself.  I figure if I start running now, by the time they start their training schedule next year I will be ready to join in.

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