August 4, 2016
My right knee has been bugging me the last few weeks. I already know that I have Runner’s Knee, and it pops a bit when I leave it bent for too long. Mostly, it is extra sore when I am pounding it extra hard on pavement (trails or dirt feel better, mostly).
The third (and final for me (not going to Brea)) Summer Night is being held for the first time at Huntington Beach Central Park (where I have run dozens of races). It is an interesting set-up because there is some major construction going on in an area where we would normally run, so instead of a really interesting loop, it is basically running out to the far end of the park (by the arboretum, and not by the horse and dog area that we regularly run in) and doing three loops of mostly the same thing and a lot of paved path.
I was running a bit late and ended up signing in to race at 6:27pm, with a 6:30pm start. I basically pinned my number on AS I started the run. There were not going to be a lot of AREC folks, but I knew Birthday Boy Mark Vishnevsky was going to be there, so I wanted to at least go by and say, “Hi.” Instead of the 15-20 folks, there were 6 of us. Still a lot of high schoolers, though.
I decided to run with my GPS watch, because it can tell me what my average pace per mile is AND my best pace within that mile… so if I slow down, I can see what my fastest pace is (probably when I ramp back up).
Mile 1, I cover in 7:39, and my best pace is 6:46. I’m getting my feel for the course and also I am amidst a lot of young runners. The one section of unfamiliar grass is VERY lumpy and I do almost trip a couple of times.
For Mile 2, I slow down a bit (walk a tad) and do 8:35 (best pace 6:29).
And for the last mile, I want to finish strong, though I don’t want to overdo it, as I have an ultramarathon on Sunday and a 6-hour drive to Oakland tomorrow. So I do 9:15 (best pace 7:02 – probably the last 200 yards) and finish in 25:09, a little over 8:00 pace.
Mark comes in 4th overall in the race (best 5K EVER at age 36!).