Saturday, February 9, 2008

9 on the 9th -- Race Report

Waking up this morning was an experiment. The last few days I've had a bit of an illness going on, so I was nervous to see what today would bring. The verdict: I'm feeling 100%! Good timing, too, since this is the biggest race of the year so far!

I beat the sun to waking up this morning, in fact I had time to eat breakfast, get ready, drive 30 minutes to Todd's Road, and click off a few miles before the sun even stuck it's head out! Not a bad way to start the day, although to continue the day I do believe a nap is in order.

The race this morning started out pretty nice: about 40 degrees, slight breeze, and a few clouds in the sky. There was a good showing at Todd's Road this morning, although I had a hunch I'd be running alone. I was mostly right.

We all headed outside, and I swore I saw Nic warming up a couple (hundred) miles down the road. The gun went off (aka, George started running) and I took off. The first few miles I was shaking out the cobwebs and slowly building steam for the rest of the run. And building steam is exactly what I did.

The hills out in the country here always keep me honest, though, because they never stop as you can see in the elevation profile, although SLB more than likely eats hills like those for breakfast! After the 4.5 mile turnaround I started seeing all the other runners, which really gets me going for some reason. I clocked off a few miles in the 6:20's before finally running out of steam at mile 7. I still held a decent pace, but I was feeling those quick miles from before!

Finally, the hills stopped and I was finished. Here's the breakdown:

6:50
6:45
6:43
6:36 (Here we go!)
6:23
6:22
6:20
6:40 (Finally had to back off a little)
6:41

Total time: 59:35
Avg. Pace: 6:36
The proof: Garmin Data

All in all I'm really happy with this run. I was able to build up a lot more speed than I thought I would be able to, and held on for quite some time!

After finishing, I found out I wasn't alone up there. We had a new guy this weekend (actually, we had five new runners!) who was trying to chase me down the last couple miles, but the hills were getting to him as well. He's one quick guy, and I bet he'll give me a run for my money next time I'm out there. From what I can tell his focus is on half marathons, and he has a 1:18 under his belt. Sounds like I might have a new training partner this year!

Biking this afternoon is looking iffy, because my legs are still completely dead. I'm thinking I'll take the rest of the day off and let them rest after that all out effort.

Thanks for putting this on, Nancy! I hope everybody else had a great 9 on the 9th!

13 comments:

Christine said...

You win in your version...I win in mine...I like it that way.

p.s. I'm never running a race with you! haha..

Marcy said...

Duuddddee you're insanely fast.

Glad you're feeling 100% better! Send some health over here, I'm dying :P

Non-Runner Nancy said...

EYE CHI WA WA - You were movin. Everyone's version of "clicking off a few miles" should include some 6:20's. Holy cow. I'm predicting you are in the running for King of our Hearts.

X0X0
It's a Sweetheart Shuffle after all.

Thanks so much for playing along!! I love it.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

BTW, YOU ROCK MY FACE OFF!!

Shilingi-Moja said...

Doug -- you were truckin' out there today. Great run. The elevation chart shows no flat ground -- gruesome.

Reid said...

Wow! Great run, Doug! I can't wait till I'm healthy again! Someone's gotta give you some competition. Great job.

Amanda said...

Wow..and you were trying to take it easy I love that. I guess I'm just going to live vicariously through you that my legs will ever move that fast.

Who is SLB+? said...

Hills? Your elevation chart has you skipping over some pebbles! LOL ;-)

Seriously, great pace over the distance, nice to hear you might have a new partner, what happened to the other girly that was quick?

Amy@RunnersLounge said...

Wow - you never cease to amaze me. Someday I am going to watch you run in person - I imagine you kick up quite a breeze.

Marcy said...

No I haven't seen the movie BUT I did a quick check. And even though most of the vids have been pulled (from Utube and other joints) I get the gist of it. And let me tell you . . .you are NEVER coming over to my house . . . eva :P And what would you be doing in my bedroom anyway ya perv LOL JK!

My Life & Running said...

Wooooow, you are one fast guy, aren't you? Looks like you had a good week & I'm glad you kicked that oncoming cold before it really kicked in. Never underestimate the awesomeness of a rest day! ;)

Viv said...

Insanely awesome, King of Hearts!
I hope you took that well deserved nap :-)

Lily on the Road said...

Holy doodle man, you are way out of my league, however, I thought I Ssw you on the 9 on the 9th race route!!!

Best Wishes for your next race...you are way too fast for me!!!

Good going,

Laurel (Lily)