Saturday, March 15, 2008

St. Malachi Race


I went from a 5 mile race to coaching my indoor soccer team Saturday morning. The race was hard but the game was exciting. We played against the first place team and managed to pull off a tie with them. We have 2 more games and if all goes well, we could be 1st place champions in this inaugural fustal season and my first time coaching.

According to my training schedule I needed to run 8 miles at a 6:43 per mile pace but I figured if I ran 2 miles as a warm up before the 5 mile race I would be close enough to the scheduled distance. My thoughts for the race was that I'd run at a 6:00 per mile pace and finish around 30 minutes but then I also had a feeling I'd finish around 29:00.

The course had enough ups and downs to make the run tough. I felt I ran at a good hard effort the whole race but I had a little mental struggle after about 3.5 miles. I had to keep telling myself to push through the pain because the first place women was gaining on me. So many people would yell out, "1st place women". It felt like it was me against her.

I couldn't stay for the awards so I grabbed a banana and a bottle of water and drove to the soccer game. I did slip on my running pants and coaching shirt so that no one could tell I came from a 5 mile race.

First place in 45-49 age group Race results.

7 comments:

TrainingtoTri said...

Nice job at the race! And congrats to your soccer team.

Paul said...

Sweet time! Congrats on that first place. Sounds like the soccer team is coming along nicely too.

GP said...

Congrats on a race well run. I saw you run by as the front of the pack cruised by the, well, middle. Middlish. You looked great! And it turned out to be a great race for you too.

It was a perfect day for a race... but talk about rough terrain. They changed the route a bit this year. Unfortunately, I hated the hills this year more. Ugh.

JenC said...

Awesome job! First in your age group and 16th overall - still smoking!

Thanks for correcting your blog address. I thought you just didn't want us knowing where you were anymore. : )

E-Speed said...

great job Lou, you looked fantastic out there!

CP said...

Great picture, PL. You're a champ and what a great finish!

CJ said...

Great job!