April 22, 2012
First run post-SBER 100M attempt-slash-50M actual run.
I am up in Northern California for the Piedmont Choirs annual Gala, and before I drive back to Long Beach, I decided to get in a race… because, well, after reading 500+ odd posts, you know that I like to do smallish local races.
The Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders put on a 5K/10K/15K on every 4th Sunday of the month. As I found out, they don’t have all three distances EVERY month (which was probably for the best). I prefer to run the 15K (slightly unusual distance) because I don’t run a lot of them, though 15K is 3 5K loops, so it is slightly boring. Today, I opt for the 10K, instead.
Since this is my first post-50 Mile run, period, I am a bit out of shape for ‘speed racing.’ I had a decent first half of 25 minutes. On the second loop, I feel winded and walk quite a bit, running about a minute slower per mile, around 28 minutes.
In the past, I was able to garner an age group ribbon, but today, I am 5th in my division (freakin’ tough Masters’ group!).