Saturday, August 11, 2007

Race, (Short) Long Run, Fun Run all in one day

This weekend was a running getaway coupled with a chance to catch up with an old friend who I seldom see these days. He's been running for several years now, so we decided to run a 2 mile race together on Saturday morning in Baton Rouge, a "long" run to Louies for breakfast, and a pub run in New Orleans that evening.

"3.2km" Race
I ran the BREC Up, Up, and Away 3.2km race today. The course was short -- 1.83 miles according to the Garmin. My time was 11:50.

Even though this places my pace at 6:28, an improvement over my last 5k pace of 6:43, I'm disappointed with my race. I wanted to run 6 minute miles, or at least very near that speed.

But I'm still trying to kick off my sickness, and I coughed up fluid all night before the race and the morning of the race as well. Couple that with the hottest day of the year, and Baton Rouge humidity that put Houston to shame, and I didn't get where I wanted to be.

And although these circumstances were somewhat beyond my control, I'm still unhappy with my time because I feel like I wimped out. Quite simply, I didn't run as hard as I could have. I started out great, but gave up on a great time about 1/2 mile into the race. And I started my kick too late, for a lackluster finish. That being said, I pulled out a second place finish in my age group, and I was 13th overall. It was a small race.

Pace for each 1/4 mile:
5:24, 6:36, 6:44, 6:40, 6:52, 6:47, 6:15 (final .32)

"Long" Run
5.45 Miles, 1:02:54 (not icluding a few breaks), 9:42 pace, Avg HR = 148, Max HR = 166

After the race I ran with Paul to Louie's. The run was nice and slow, but still difficult because of the heat (it was eventually 104 degrees that day) and I'm not used to running a long distance after I run a race.

Pub Run
I had a blast with Dave and Paul. I could feel the effects of the morning miles on my legs, but we seldom ran more than 1 mile on a leg before propping on on a bar stool for way too much beer. All in all a this was a fantastic experience and I look forward to it next year.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

What you failed to mention is that the "pub run" was the New Orleans Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Were you wearing a red dress? How about some pictures?