Sunday, May 31, 2009

Parmenter 5K results

Not a bad run for starting out too quickly. When I hit the first mile in about 7:00, I knew I was going to be in trouble. That normally would be a good pace, but I knew I had not done the work to keep that pace going. I slacked off to about 9:00 and then came on stronger in the 3rd mile. It helped that the course was all through my neighborhood. I knew the streets well.

I come up Peck or Wachusetts to King to finish all runs anyway. Coming up Peck to King was an advantage mentally and I caught a couple of places there. The final turn on Wachusetts coming into the front of the Parmenter School was a nice down slope so I could stretch it out and leverage gravity. I needed it by that point.

I did finish about 40 seconds better than the 5K at the St Patrick's Race in Providence. A good improvement for the amount of work I have done to date.

I need longer runs on Sat/Sun and some good track work to continue to work on building the pace strength. The pace is there, the strength is not (yet).

The official results are available at Cool Running

Friday, May 29, 2009

Parmenter 5K Run/Walk 5/31/09

The web site for the Parmenter 5K Run/Walk can be found here

On the web site you'll find links to the course map, a registration form to print out and other race details.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The other son John also left his shoe

I found one shoe the other day on Union St in Franklin.

Running this morning, I saw one along RT 140 but I was in stride and didn't want to stop. I turned the corner onto King St heading on the home stretch and saw this second shoe. It made a pair with the one on RT 140. I had to stop for this one now.

If CSI: Franklin were involved, I could speculate that the boy, strapped into his car seat, sitting by the back window of an SUV, playing with his shoe managed to take one off and either accidentally or intentionally it went out the window. This one on King St was the first. As he realized what he had done, he went to take off the second one and tossed that also. That was the second shoe along RT 140.

By the time, they arrived where they were going, the mother was left with a son with no shoes and no idea where they went.

I had a good run avoiding the rain today.

Three shoes in less than a week? Creative kids or inattentive parents?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Milestone Sunday

I achieved a good milestone with the 6 mile run on Sunday. I have run 51 days this year which while it is ten less than all of last year, has allowed me to cover 4 more miles than last year. It is only May.

Good bye last year! We've left you behind for sure now.

Thank you ankle brace. Keep up the good work!

We have miles to go before the year ends!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Are you on track to do what you need to today?

Hopefully, you did not leave a sock at the starting line?

Down at the track for my pace workout this morning, I saw one sock near the starting line and another about 20 yards away. I guess it was warm and they decided to remove them.

Socks are good to absorb sweat and reduce friction which can create blisters. Yes, there are arguments for running barefoot too but that doesn't work very well in an urban environment.

Bottom line: be prepared for your workout. Make it a good one!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mount St lesson

No matter how steep the hill you still take it a step at a time. This is especially true for Mount Street. It has a sharp slope. Fortunately, it is less than a half-mile long.

It demands attention.

Pick 'em up, pick 'em up!
One step at a time and soon you can hear the peacocks crowing as the take the slight bend to the right.

Soon, you'll turn right on Upper Union and just a little more of an up slope until you crest by the water tank.

Then it is a good ways down. Let the gravity do all the work. Your legs can stretch out and hug along the soft sand to help cushion the down steps.

A good work out!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

I find the Bean delightful on an early morning run #sobcon

here in Chicago for SOBCon