October 29, 2016
Decided to walk down to visit with Mark and Michelle (A Better World Running) who were putting on a 5K/10K on the beach bike path. I tried to time it so that I arrived after the start of the races, but ended up arriving probably 10 minutes before the start of the races. Michelle asked if I wanted to run, and since it’s been 2 weeks since Twin Peaks, I feel like I can test to see where I am at in recovery/restart.
The race is just a straight out-and-back on the Long Beach bike path, and with many of their races (especially the bigger ones), you need to go out hard, otherwise you get stuck in the pack and not able to run the pace you want.
I tried not to go out too hard, however, and managed a respectable 13:00 outbound. Hard to tell if I am in the top group because there are people turning around who could be in the 5K or the 10K or 100 miler.
Coming back, I tried to do equally as well, though it did feel a lot harder coming back, for some reason. Maybe because it’s the first “sprint” race since my ultra. 12:50 on the return trip for a net time of 25:50. Not too bad.