Win some, lose some
April 29, 2007
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Even though I have fell way behind in keeping my running blog up-to-date, I am in fact still running. As of yesterday, I’ve run about 240+ miles year-to-date. I’ve also recently competed in my first two races of the year.
Two weeks ago, I headed down to Columbus, OH to run the Columbus Half Marathon for the second straight year. Even though it was a good two hours south of Cleveland, it seems that none of Ohio recognizes that it is spring until later in May, because the temperature was only in the upper 30s. It started off pretty well, maintaining a sub-8:00 pace for each of the first 8 miles before my legs started to tire and my pace slipped a bit. But I was still holding up fairly well until the mini-cramps in my calves turned into a serious cramp in my right calf, with just about a half mile to go, which forced me to hobble over to the side of the road and attempt to stretch out my leg. It seemed like an eternity before I could get it straightened out and get going again and try to finish. I’m sure I looked as awkward as I felt, but I was determined to keep running and not have to walk the rest of the race. I finally managed to cross the finish line, though my time suffered as I finished in 1:45:44, which is almost 2 minutes slower than my time in last year’s race, and 5 minutes off my personal best for a half marathon. My time put me at 48th out of 209 in my division (Men, 25-29) and 368th overall out of 3,106 participants.
Yesterday, I hit the pavement again for my second race of the year as I competed in the Hermes Cleveland 10 Miler for the second time. Even though the weather was great yesterday, that was not the case at 8:30am, when it was mid 40s and rainy from start to finish. But the weather didn’t dampen my performance, as I broke my streak of sub-par performances by besting my time from last year by nearly 3 minutes, finishing in 1:16:09, for an average pace of 7:37 per mile. This put me 12th out of 52 in my age group (Men, 25-29), and 146th overall out of 780.
I might sign up for another race in May, but right now my next scheduled race is the Ohio City Run & Crawl 5K on June 16th, an event I really enjoyed last year which is also the last time I ran a 5K race.