July 15, 2008
Tim Hickok (and whining kids) and I went back to San Pedro for their free track meet summer running series. Tim offered to take me to pizza with him and the kids, so I opted to only run 2 races, the 1500m and the 800m.
In the 1500m, I made a decent debut with a time of 6:15 (I have run under 6:00.).
In the 800m, I pushed a bit and managed 2:57 (with laps of 93 seconds and 84 seconds). That’s under 6:00/mile, but I don’t want to push too hard as I have a second attempt at the Mt. Disappointment 50M ultra in a few weeks.
July 31, 2007
The last track meet of the season. =(
Ed Villalobos joined me once again and again, he did the 1500 meters (though this time I did the 5000 instead of the 3000). Ed ran about the same time (8:22), and I was comparable (terrible) as well (6:15)… at least it was 1 second faster than last week.
At the start of the 5000, my knees felt creaky and my buttocks hurt, but once I got going, I felt better and finished the 5000 in 22:16 – third overall and first in my age group.
July 24, 2007
Ed Villalobos and I went to the track meet this time. I had somewhat lowered expectations after my training run on Saturday at Mt. Wilson.
I was out with Laura and Chuck, and Todd Fanady. We were doing the Mt. Josephine and Strawberry Saddle section. I got terribly overheated going up Mt. Josephine and drank ALL of my water to try and stay hydrated. When I got to the top, I was dizzy.
Chuck was up for doing some extra distance (because we were going so slow). He said that he would go back down to the bottom (about 2 miles), refill his Camelbak and then refill my water bottle. I would continue on the trail slowly until he got back.
It took him about 40 minutes to do the 4 miles roundtrip. In that time, I barely covered a mile. The 16 miles we “ran” took me nearly 6 hours. Probably means that I have to hydrate better BEFORE the run.
Ed did the 1500m race with me and finished in 8:18, while I did 6:16 (that’s 21 seconds slower than the time before). In the 3000, I did 12:21 (a little faster than before). Who knows what’s really going on with me?
July 17, 2007
Dona McBride joined Tim Hickok and I at the San Pedro Track Meet. It’s nice to see that we lured another runner to this event. It’s really worthwhile (I mean… free, but still…) There are so few people there (and only 8 per race, except the 3000/5000) that you are almost guaranteed a ribbon (and since they really go 8 deep… you ARE guaranteed a ribbon).
I did the 1500m in 5:55… so a little over 6:00/mile.
Then I had a bit of a break and then did the 5K in 22:54. That was good for 3rd overall and first in my age group (maybe out of 1).
July 10, 2007
Tim Hickok joined me this week (he ran the previous week without me, and I ran last week without him). He ran his favorite distances – the 800 and the 1500. He has such an unconventional running style… but he is pretty fast (like 2:24 for the 800).
We made our usual plan to have pizza afterwards, so I ran the 3000 so that I would be finished sooner (and all of the races last week that made me “slow”). 12:24 was my time.
July 3, 2007
Went out to the annual summer July series San Pedro track meet, and I opted to only run the 5000 (aka 5K). The shorter distances wear on me a little bit, and I usually have a better result in the 5K if I DON’T run the shorter distances.
Unfortunately, about half of the race I had side stitches and pre-cramping. I guess it was like a simulation of running the shorter distance races before! I finished in 22:27, roughly equivalent to my June Boeing 5K time.
August 1, 2006
The last track meet of the season, and a whole group of my friends came – Tim Hickok, Tam, Dona, and Brian Conboy.
For the first (and probably last) time, we have enough people to do the 4 x 400 relay race (that’s a lap per person). Tim joins up with some ringers and us other 4 do a sub-6:00 minute mile (that’s mostly Conboy that gets us there).
1500 – 5:38 (right around my “average”)
1600RW – 10:00 flat
5000 – 22:23 (probably slower due to the extra lap in the 4 x 4)