April 2, 2011
There was a bit of a gap in my races (this seems to happen the more ultras I string together), but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been running. There was a sort of major event going on in between the races, and that was my all-day Hashing event, Hashtravaganza.
For the past few years, I have been in charge of everything (food, trails, logistics), but I do get some help, certainly. But the end result is that I spend many days and weekends getting ready for the event so that it will be a success.
So about 3 weeks have passed in between races, but I am doing the Seal Beach 10K with a bunch of my AREC and Boeing friends today.
I didn’t have a great race; I am a little short of breath. I am wondering if I am having some kind of medical issue (as minor as a cold) or if I am just struggling with “running fast for a short distance.” I feel as if the concentration of endurance may contribute to struggles at the shorter distances, since I generally do not tax my lungs and heart to the same extent on, say, a 50K.
Today I ran as long as I felt good, and then walked to recover. In my estimation, I walked over half of the race. Finished in what I would call a disappointing time… but, really, a pretty impressive time, having walked OVER HALF THE RACE… 47:43. I get the feeling that unless the race is unbelievably small, I am not going to win a lot of awards going forward.
Afterwards, we celebrated our success with a pub crawl.