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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Look Ahead At Races

Between now and the Baltimore Half Marathon, I've got 3 races: Race for Our Kids 10K on June 1, the Pikesville 5k in July and the Annapolis Ten Mile Run in August.  These are three tough, tough, races, and I've run all of them at least twice.  Because training for the half is so long (and frankly I'm already trained for a half marathon, clearly), I need focus.  So, the goal is to match my 2006 times for the Race for Our Kids and A-10.  I'm writing off Pikesville, as it is a hot, miserable 5k, and difficult to PR.  I've already set a 5k PR this year, so just showing up and doing better than my pathetic Pikesville 5k time from last year is good enough.

Race for Our Kids 10K
I swore up and down over and over last year that I was never running this race again.  I even remember telling Amanda, Kristy and Ellen in February that I wouldn't be doing Race for Our Kids.  But, I'm a group leader and I can't do what I planned, which was to skip Race for Our Kids and run the Survivor Harbor 7 the next weekend.  I'm already missing 5 weeks of running due to scuba commitments, I can't miss more just because I want to.  So, I'm running it.

The problem with this race is the elevation chart, which is just plain BRUTAL.  The first mile is a lot of downhill, so you get in the groove of going fast, then a gradual uphill grade until mile 5, where there are rolling hills.  Then, mile 6 is almost exclusively a huge uphill to the finish.  Blah.

So, I'm going to try and match my excellent 2006 time of 1:14, which is right at about a 12 minute pace.  I should be able to do that, but I think I need some hill speed work between now and then.  I want to try to do two short runs over the next 3 weeks at a 12 minute pace at home, which is hilly.  That's only 3 miles and not 6, but it will be interesting to see how I do, and will help me decide if I'm as fast as I was back then or not.

Annapolis Ten Mile Run
In 2006, I managed a 12:16 pace at this race, for a total time of 2:02.  I've often felt that this time must have been wrong and there was no way I did this race that fast. 

Annapolis, like Race for our Kids, is hilly.  Combine it with a late (in my opinion) start time, often 80+ degree weather at the start, and high humidity, and you get a challenge.  Up down up down, hill after hill, plus a big bridge.  I should be used to it and if I keep my hill training up, I should be able to match the 2:02, or maybe get my time under 2:00.  We shall see.  I have a lot longer to prepare for this one, so really this is my current target race.

I'm up for a challenge!

1 comment:

foxdeath said...

This is what I just read...

Running, blah, blah, blah... missing 5 weeks for scuba commitments... blah, blah, blah...

I'm happy to see that you have your priorities straight. :-) Now, lets go somewhere warm and get wet!! :-)

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