June 19, 2011
Decided to do another Charlie Alewine loop race on Father’s Day to Honor my father. I fashioned a laminated photo of him to pin to my back. Of course, people asked me when my father had died… but I tried to point out “In HONOR,” meant that he was still alive. (In Memory is dead.)
The course is similar to the half marathon I did a year ago January, with a loop around the Colorado Lagoon and then out-and-back down Appian Way to the cul de sac (by the Naples Yacht Club). A loop is 4.37 miles and we will do 6 of them. I am joined by AREC members Laura Sohaskey and Nick Kincaid.
I am hoping to continue my good feeling from last week’s Boeing run (and shut away my bad feeling from work – things should be wrapping up but my boss is in the weeds).
My first loop takes me 35:50, or about 8:11/mile. It feels fast-ish, but we will see how things transpire. I would like to win this race… or at least finish in the top 3 (because the top 3 get a trophy!).
Loop 2 takes 37:11 – a drop down to 8:30/mile. I am still in the lead, but do not have a huge lead on Nick and another runner. I also spot Ed Ettinghausen (“Run Jester Run”) but he may be doing his own thing.
Loop 3 takes 37:52 (minimal drop), but I am going to be caught and I am not going to accelerate back into the lead.
Loop 4 takes 42:09 – a drop of another minute per mile – though my overall pace is still under 9:00/mile pace.
Loop 5 takes 45:02 – now I am over 10 minutes per mile for the loop (but still slightly under 9:00/mile). I get passed and I drop into 3rd place.
Loop 6 is the slowest of the 6, with a 48:43, catapulting me over 9:00/mile pace for the entire race, but I finish in a time of 4:06:50, which is my fastest marathon in 8 years. I also finish in 3rd place and get that coveted trophy.
One other milestone of note is that today my lifetime miles topped 20,000 miles!