Saturday, March 15, 2008

St. Malachi 5 Mile Run

I ran the St. Malachi 5-miler this morning. Levi and I left early and we were downtown by 8 AM. We got his chip and then started warming up. We probably jogged about 1/2 mile.

Levi ran well, running 7:10 for the first mile (he thought it was 11:10) and then 14:58 at the finish. His adjusted chip time was 14:51.25. He finished 111th out of 478 runners, and 9th out of 20 in the 10-12 age group.

I ran bits of his race with him and had a good 2 miles in by the time I went to the starting line. The first mile is downhill. I tried to just run easy but still passed the mile marker in 6:07. I thought this was ok and that I had a chance to meet my goal time of 32:30.

I stayed relaxed through the 2nd mile, and passed in 12:56, for a 6:39 split. I still thought I was on an ok pace. The next mile had some uphill and I didn't attack it hard enough, running 7:29 for a 20:25 split.

I tried to pick it up on the downhill and ran 7:05 for a 27:30 4-mile time. I crossed the line in 34:44 but my chip time was 34:41.85. I finished 113th out of 1042 and 17th out of 98 in my age group.

I'm not satisfied with my time. I could use a few excuses such as chilly weather or giving blood on Thursday, but the bottom line is I need to work harder. The weather is starting to improve so hopefully I will be able to.

I am at 27.5 miles for the week so tomorrow's run will put me well over 30.

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