Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sniff, Sniff...

I said yesterday, that it's cool when your loved ones are at the finish to cheer you across the line. Well, it's even cooler when they give you hugs and want to stand by you even though you are drenched with sweat and smell like a pig sty.

Zoe takes it even a step further. She finds it funny to come up to me and take an up close, big whiff of my B.O. before she announces, "Yuckers, you stink!"

You'd think she wouldn't need to perform the sniffing action after doing this 10+ times...but she still does.

Monday, May 19, 2008

CO Colfax 1/2 Marathon Recap

The race yesterday was very fun for me (minus the 6am start). The weather was perfect and the newly designed course was much flatter than the previous 1/2 marathon course. I usually train on hills, so even the gentle incline felt flat to me.

About 5 miles in, I started getting the feeling that I was going too fast. My fear was that I'd run out of gas too early. Fortunately, that didn't happen and I kept chugging along. I was shooting for a 1:35:00. As you can see, I was very pumped to come under that. My actual chip time was: 1:32:37 (I know...Tanya already gives me a lot of flack about having to be exact down to the second. It's a runner's thing.)

At the finish, I was greeted by Tanya & the girls...and Nana! She's been out visiting and I give them all big props for heading out the door at 6:30am to get downtown and make it to the finish. It's such a cool feeling to be finishing a race and see the faces of your loved ones right there!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

2008 Race Season

It’s the start of race season this weekend. At least for me that is. This Sunday, I’m running in the Colorado Colfax ½ marathon. Last year I ran the full marathon and the ½ marathon the year before.

My best time for a ½ marathon is 1:43:38. That was the Denver ½ Marathon in 10/06. I’m going to shoot for a new personal record somewhere in the range of 1:35:00 - 1:38:00. That would equate to a 7:15-7:30/mile pace and is a big stretch for me. I’m not sure if I can maintain that pace for 13 miles, but I’ll give it a shot.

This race is actually a tune up for a very exciting one next month. Click on the link to check out my next race: America’s Highest Road Race