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Post by twal on Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:31 pm

I went on a racing binge this past month. I didn’t have any major injuries and racing is the main reason why I run (even though I’m not all that good at it). There was a series of mile runs during the mid-weeks but those races were oriented toward fast people, so I was well back in the pack in a lot of these.

10 Aug – 10K - Scranton, Pa. 51:04 , rolling course, 18 out of 31 (1 out of 2 in 60-69 age group but no age group awards) At that pace, I would have been 11th out of 164 (including walkers) in accompanying 5k

14 Aug - Mile - Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 7:33 on old dirt track, 29th out of 33. 2 out of 2 in 60+. Beaten by rival in finish sprint.

17 Aug – 5K cross country – Clarks Green, Pa., 26:10, hilly, rugged course, 13 out of 30, 1 out of 2, 60+.

21 Aug – Mile – Giant’s Despair Mountain, 11:53, 12% uphill grade for one mile (200 m climb in 1600 m), 47th out of 73, beat a few of my rivals that usually beat me. I seem to like this kind of course. Would have been 3rd in 60+ but no age group awards

24 Aug – 10K trail run – Nescopek State Park, 53:17, 15 out of 27, 2 out of 4 in 60+. Rolling out and back course. Felt like it was uphill both ways. Beat one of my rivals that I seldom beat.

30 Aug – Mile (flat road) – Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 7:29, 39 out of 47. 2 out of 2 60+. Outkicked again by the guy who got me on 10 Aug. Most of the people behind me were little kids. Was disappointed by my time because I ran 7:16 last year on this course and felt I was in the same shape.

Was going to do a 5k today (Labor Day holiday) but there are thunderstorms in the area and don’t want to risk it. Six races in 20 days sounds like a lot but three were mile runs that were a lot of fun.

When I say “rivals” above, I’m talking about runners about my age and ability who I compete with a lot. While during the races we try to kill one another, these are some of my best friends before and after the races.

I really enjoy these shorter races with small fields but preferably with a lot of folks around my ability. Unfortunately, these races tend to attract mostly fast people. I wish there were more mile runs for old, slow people. I still think it’s a lot more fun to race for 38th out of 47 in a mile rather than struggle in to finish 2387 out of 3754 in a marathon.

I’m going to be shifting gears now as the weather gets cooler and I get ready for the Empire State half marathon in October.
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Re: Twal’s recent races

Post by Dave Tuttle on Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:56 pm

You put in a really great month Tom and some fine times too! Well done!

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Post by Rachel August on Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:52 pm

Um - I beg to differ with you Tom - I think your times are really great.

Sounds like you're having fun anyway trying to beat your "rivals" - a little friendly competition goes a very long way!!!

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Post by trishb on Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:23 pm

I agree that you had a great August, Tom!

And it looks like you are leaving some of your "rivals" in the dust! Well done!

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