Thursday, December 12, 2013

1972 Olympic 800m Final - Dave Wottle

I love getting links from folks of classic track races in past championship races.  There are some out there that are pure gold.  This is a good example.  I never knew much about Dave Wottle growing up as being from the UK I was completely surrounded by the legends of Coe, Cram and Ovett et al.

I won't spoil the ending but check out how far back he is in the early going.  What a great example of control and pacing, not to mention confidence.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Community Food Share 5k Turkey Trot Race Report - Boulder, Colorado

98 days

14th Place Overall, 6th AG (30-39), 18:12

There is such a choice of turkey trotting these days.  It now seems to start a couple of weekends out and then on the day itself every small town in Colorado seems to be putting one on.  It seems everyone likes the idea of creating a caloric deficit before the feasting begins.

I chose Boulder again this year for a few reasons. I like the cause (they raised about $9K and over 970lbs of food) for the community food share and I ran 18:17 there last year when I was training for CIM and felt in pretty good shape.  That year I'd also ran the 10k in Longmont as I did a couple of weeks ago and was quicker there as well by a handful of seconds.  This would be a good test to see if I could come close to that time without all the long miles and big training block.  My big fear was repeating the calf injury I picked up in the race last year which meant sitting out CIM completely.  I was wearing the same pair of shoes so had a bit of anxiety going in.  I was hoping all the track work and foot stability strengthening was going to pay off.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

39th Annual Longmont Turkey Trot 10k Race Report - Longmont, Colorado

38:04, 12th Place, 2nd AG

It's hard not to do this race. Partly, because I have absolutely no excuse as it's only a 10min jog from the house.  With no need to drive, being able to do my warm up on the way over and knowing the course like the back of my hand makes it a must do.  Plus, there is a chance of winning a pie if you place in your AG and running for pie is almost as motivating as running for a PB these days.

Last year I ran 37:54 in a stacked field and was really happy with the time even though the placing was way down the field.  It was my fastest 10k at altitude and during a really good block of training for CIM before the wheels came off a couple of weeks later with an injury.  With training going well, I was hoping for something similar this year if the conditions were good.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

31st Annual Eerie Erie 5k Race Report - Erie, Colorado

65 days

2nd Place Overall, 1st AG. 18:22

I'd been excited for this race all week.  Running has been going well of late and I was feeling the speed returning to the legs over the past few weeks.  I'm still surprised that I'm running decently well as all the sleep deprivation since Felix was born about 2 months ago has been hitting me in waves of tiredness lately.  Still, focusing on quality more than quality has been easier to fit into the schedule and knowing you only have a 40min workout available means getting down to business more quickly.

I was really shooting to go sub 18min at altitude again.  I can't believe it's been 10 years or so since a 17:25 at a Cinco Cinco 5k in FoCo and a 17:57 in Aurora the same year.  It's something of a milestone for me and one that I want to prove is not out of reach from the aging process.  I think I'm close and just need to have the right course, conditions and competition.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

2nd Annual Full Moon 5k Race Report - Firestone, Colorado

16 days
First Race since birth.

2nd Place Overall, 2nd AG 18:39

What a fun race!  No idea what to expect out of a small newish local race and was really going just to run as hard as I could and see where my fitness is at.  Feeling very fortunate and lucky that Wendy let me escape for a couple of hours while she watched Felix and gave me a chance to run.  Felix is only 16 days old and the lack of sleep is staggering.  I'm not sure how we are both even functioning right now and even operating a vehicle is a bit sketchy at times.  Another good reason not to travel too far for a race right now.

It looked like a few hundred runners turned up with a handful of folks that looked fast enough to be there to really run.  It was a warm morning and I already had a sweat going just standing at the start line.  After we were sent off there was a group of about 5 of us that stayed in a group most of the way to the first mile.  The pace was solid but I was surprised that it was a bit nearer 6.07 pace and not faster.  That seemed to shake up a few others as they took their splits and started to heat things up a bit.  The eventual winner took off but came back to us as we hit a little hill and I took the lead around 1.5 miles.  I started running scared, having no idea how close everyone was (RIGHT behind me I later found out) and trying to listen for the spectator claps/cheers to get a sense of where the others were.  I pushed hard up the final hill before the turn and long straight descent to the finish.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

35th Annual Buffalo Stampede 10k Race Report - Cheyenne, Wyoming

1st Overall, 38:59.  Days from Felix: -33days

Well this one made my running career a lot more fun.  For as long as I can remember I've had the dream of winning a stand alone running race outright.  I've had two second places before, years ago, but never thought I would have the opportunity.  It always comes down to who shows up on any given day and I guess I just got lucky today.

Coming on the back of my amazing 50mile race experience in the San Juan's this was all the sweeter.  While that was a memory I will cherish forever, it wasn't a performance I am proud of as I struggled all day. Moving down to a shorter distance and getting a good result was very enjoyable.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run Race Report - Lake City, Colorado

14:59:49, 140th place

49.75 miles, 12,856 vertical ascent.  Low point 8,671 ft, high point 13,224ft

Wow.  What a day, what a race and what an experience.  This will be a tough post to keep short as I feel like I could go on for hours.  I'll try and break it into sections to give a sense of the build up, race and experience.

Race Prep.

All had been going well.  Long runs, decent miles etc.  Certainly enough to be ready for the day given how I have seen others prepare for this.  I was a little apprehensive about how much I suffered up high in the Mt. Evans race so wasn't sure how a big day with this much altitude was going to affect me.  More on that later.  Confidence level was high.  After dropping from the 50mile to the 25mile at Collegiate Peaks I was really motivated and pretty much nothing was going to stop me this time round.  The race itself has a reputation as one if not the hardest 50milers in the country (along with Zane Grey) but it is such an aesthetically pleasing course.  One big circuit in the San Juan's is about as good as it gets.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mt. Evans Ascent Race Report - Mt. Evans, Colorado

2:30:45, 51st Place, 10th AG

Another classic race I am happy to finally check off the list.  America's highest road race, going from a starting elevation of 10,600ft at Echo Lake all the way to the summit area near 14,264 ft.  14.5 miles and almost 4000ft of gain.  The race also has an incredible history with it starting back in the early 70's.

With SJS 50 just around the corner, I felt like something a bit more intense with some good altitude would be a good preparation race.  With it being uphill only, I wasn't too worried about beating the legs up too much on the road and with the pace being much slower with all that climbing, it kept the impact levels low and fairly easy to recover from.  I met up with Craig and Jen down there.  Wendy wasn't able to come and support because of how she has been reacting to higher altitudes while pregnant.  It was a shame that she would have to sit out spectating a few of these races this year.

Lower slopes

Sunday, March 3, 2013

35th Annual Napa Valley Marathon Race Report - Napa, California

-172 days to Felix
March 3rd, 2013

43rd Overall 9th AG. 2:56:57 

What a day.  Haven't felt this good pre, during and post marathon in any of the 10 marathons I have now done.  Feel like I am starting to nail the training and glad Craig and I took a chance on this build to try something different and see how things would go.

The NVM marathon itself is incredible. One of the best I have run and when you combine a closed course, point to point route, cool weather, superb scenery with only one race - the marathon, you get a great recipe. Added bonus was a complete ban (enforced by DQ) for headphone wearers. I'm split on whether folks should be allowed to race with them, but it was just nice to have this one race where everyone was aware of each other and even able to interact more than usual. That being said it was kind of weird seeing a pack of 7 guys around the 3 mile mark doing a round of introductions when most of them could hardly breathe let alone speak.