Rash Ramblings

A runner once, an explorer always!

Race Day – Capitol 10,000

1:15 am     Okay, I’m up and showered. I am a little anxious to see what this morning might bring. I look back on the lines that were at the beginning of ABC\’s Wide World of Sports . It referred to “…the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat…”. I know my day will be somewhere in between that, but it is the unknown that causes my anxiousness. I have not been good at making my submissions here, but I have been out running as I could mostly every day. I backed off some this week doing shorter runs faster with intervals of walking. I was mainly trying to rest my legs as they have felt dead lately.

Anyway, I must take off now. The start of the race is looming. I’ll be back later to report the good, bad, or ugly.

03/28/11     12:20 a.m.     I’ve gone the whole day wihout getting back to this. I drove down to the race this morning and ended up having to park about a mile and a half from the starting line. I walked over and got into my starting group (purple) about 45 minutes before start time. The start was clean and not too bunched from where I was. It was fairly easy to maneuver throughout the racecourse. I ran hard and steady, but not realy pushing myself as much as I thought I could. I knew what I could do and didn’t want to jeopardize it by overextending myself. Overall it was a decent showing for my first race since 1987. I finished 81st in my division, 1558th overall and averaged an 8:05 for each mile. My gun time was 50:42 and my chip time was 50:09. I’l take a day off and start back with my training on Tuesday.

Gary

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