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Run with Reagan…not my 1980’s 5K time

This may have been a Run with Reagan, but I was a whole lot slower than when he was still in office:

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My numbers weren’t terrible: 42 out of 153 overall, 33 of 79 among the men and 2 out of 10 in my age group. But my time was bad (26:14 via 8:09. 8:18, 9:46 for the final 1.1)

The day was perfect and Barbara agreed to go with me; she walked the 1 mile and did an extra mile on her own.

My excuses: part of it was that I realized my training was not working, so I was a bit “off the mark” this week. Part of it was the course: for a road 5K course, it was quite “rolling”; you had two reasonably long inclines to climb.

The course was three loops around an “almost 1 mile” loop plus a straight away; the finish line was at higher elevation (30-40 feet?) than the start. That isn’t that much but the inclines, while shallower than what I often practice on, took their toll on my speed.

I did fall back on the first mile as the heavily student crowd passed me. I sort of found my place in mile 2, though I’d lose places on the uphill and regain them on the downs. Then on the 3’rd lap, I could tell that I was losing places; I was in the “just hold on” mode. Performance wise, this was comparable to 2 weeks ago, given that this course was more challenging. But I should have been faster than this, especially on loop 3, especially on such a good day to run.

I jogged about a 15 minute warm up and walked a mile cool down.

Now I have a Reagan t-shirt and a Reagan “age group” medal. The medal was funny, given that I just read an article about “bling”. No, 8:30 mpm running for a 5K doesn’t deserve an award but I didn’t give it back.🙂

I suppose one’s attitude toward such trinkets really is more about one’s personality and what era one started running in; during my early days even finisher’s medals for marathons were uncommon. My trinkets are scattered all over the house in different places; I’d have to work to find them all. Many are with my stuffed frogs.

I suppose I feel this way: those whose opinions I value aren’t going to be impressed with “bling”; they will want to know how I performed. My best running/walking friends are those who will wince with “empathy pain” when they find out that I had a bad marathon (finished, but finished well short of my goals).

April 11, 2015 - Posted by | running, social/political, time trial/ race | , ,

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