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Post by twal on Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:46 pm

I'm starting to get worried. I have a 20K race coming up next Saturday and today I struggled through 8 mi, my longest run since a 9 miler last fall.  If it's hot and humid as it's been recently, 20K is going to be very long for me. 20K has been a bit of a jinxed distance for me over the years. In any year, my 20K and half marathon times are about the same.

This is a special race since it is the return of an event our club conducted from 1976 through the 1990's and was stopped. I may be the only person who ran the 1976 race who will run the race next Saturday. I've already conceded that my time will be bad. I just want to make it.

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Re: 20K race return

Post by Marc Thayer on Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:32 pm

Yuh..running of late has just been awful....it's hard to work up any enthusiasm at all when you know the time will substantially off what we think we should be running..and the thought of actually walking thru portions of a race are so far beyond the pale..inconceivable.

However..it's persistence that is our greatest attribute..and perseverance.
Run the race..you'll be fine..and then it's on to the next one.

Good luck..and may the weather gods favor you.

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Post by Rachel August on Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:21 pm

Oh Tom I feel for you!!!! Going through a similar thing with my half coming up - although I did get lucky today weather-wise and was able to run 12 this morning

I hope that the cooler temps we've got here will make it to you by next w/e!!!!

BTW - you'll be just fine running the distance - you're a strong runner!!!!

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Re: 20K race return

Post by Dave Tuttle on Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:07 pm

Its looking pretty good for Saturday right now Tom.

Saturday Forcast

Good Luck!!

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Re: 20K race return

Post by twal on Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:32 pm

The temperature for the race was 55F which was great and it only rained for 2 hours on race day. Unfortunately, those 2 hours were during the race when it poured cold rain and turned the trail into mud.

The race was billed as 20K (12.41 mi) but my GPS had 12.65 mi. My time was 1:52:23 which is 9:03/mi based on 20K and 8:53/mi based on 12.65 mi.

I was 34 out of 56 overall and 2 out of 5 in the 60-64 age group. I did manage to beat two of my rivals.

The course was gradually downhill for the first half and gradually uphill coming back. You can see that in my splits (based on GPS).

Mile Split
1 8:35
2 8:39
3 8:36
4 8:37
5 8:39
6 8:33
7 9:23
8 9:01
9 9:00
10 9:02
11 9:11
12 9:18
13 8:52

The course is really beautiful along the old rails-to-trails on the Lehigh River. We worked really hard on this race but the turnout was disappointing and the weather didn't cooperate. But that didn't kill our spirit. It was a fun day that we will look back at positively.

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Re: 20K race return

Post by echoguy on Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:26 am

Looks like you ran great Tom!!! nice even splits considering the elevation change. Is there any way your club could reverse the course and have it go up on the way out and down on the way back? I think that might be more attractive to those hoping to run a PR for the 20k..

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Re: 20K race return

Post by twal on Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:12 am

Unfortunately, the only good place to park a lot of cars is at the high end of that stretch.

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Post by Guest on Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:12 pm

Wow, excellent times, and you were worried Cool How often do you run trails?  Don't know if there's such a thing here in TX.

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Re: 20K race return

Post by Dave Tuttle on Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:39 pm

Great race Tom! I think you unjinxed yourself on this one... I don't know about you but I always run my fastest in the rain Cool

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Re: 20K race return

Post by twal on Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:48 pm

As a reality check, my time was almost the same as my half marathon time in Syracuse last fall.

The cool weather did help.

WRT trails in Texas, the downtown Austin trails and Barton Creek and Shoal Creek trails are great whenever you get up to Austin. Around here the trails range from paved (tops of the levees), to as nice as a cinder track, to brutally rugged with roots and rocks. Here is a link for Texas trails.

http://www.traillink.com/stateactivity/tx-bike-trails.aspx

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Post by Guest on Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:04 pm

Thanks for the link Tom.  Lady Bird Lake has a nice gravel trail around the lake, the City recently installed a boardwalk to extend the trail.  A lot of people use it for riding bikes, running, and walking.

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Post by twal on Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:56 pm

I used to do a lot of running on what was then called the "Town Lake" trail. I may be in Austin in May for a conference. Maybe we could go for a run.

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Post by BA on Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:51 pm

Great race Tom!  I wish I could match one of your splits Embarassed
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Re: 20K race return

Post by Rachel August on Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:31 pm

I think you did VERY well!!!

Glad you had fun!

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Post by Marc Thayer on Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:29 pm

A tad bit late to this party..but a fine race...impressive splits.

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Post by EugeneRunner on Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:39 pm

Very nice job!

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