Steamboat Eve…

I remember a time when this race excited me because I wanted to do well; that was basically the first two years I did it. Then, it more or less became an afterthought to races that were more important to me, but I still liked the atmosphere.

This year: it would be incorrect to say that it bores me; I do feel the excitement for others. But that 24 hour walk (59.9 miles, coming in unprepared) did take something out of me, so this 15K will be a “jog through”. And the forecast is for 67 F, with 80 percent humidity. So realistically, this will be a 10-10:30 mpm “jog through”, I think. I might even walk it like I did in 2011 (which was also 2 weeks after a 24 hour event).

Once again, I participated in the “Building Steam” training program, as I have every year (save one, 2011) since 2003 (when I didn’t even do the race); even in 2010 I helped for part of it.

This year, I liked the people I worked with (Cathy and Vickie) and I liked the students I worked with; they were determined and reasonably dedicated.

As far as the leadership of the Building Steam program: I have great respect for Pam and Jim Jim McIntyre, Phil Lockwood as well as for many of the other group leaders. I’ll just leave it at that. I would be interested to see what other group leaders thought. Numbers were down (participants) but that meant that we had a bit more room on the paths.

So, I get up early tomorrow and “join the parade”, so to speak.

By the numbers:

1998: 15K 1:08:22 183/844 (sticky) Was running just under 20 for 5K in those days. 22:50/23:05/22:27, 29/71 AG
1999: 15K 1:07:53 place was a bit worse; roughly 20:40 for 5K in these days 22:38/23:01/22:13
2000: 4m 27:51 After a 10K/half marathon double and 1:35 half a few weeks earlier.
2001: 4m 29:13 Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40
2001: 15K 1:11:16 (126/381) Fall 15K 23:20/24:04/23:51
2002: 4m 43:15 (walk)
2002: 15K 1:14:33 (run; fall) 167/405 24:10/25:07/25:16
2004: 4m 33:10 (two 24 hour walks in May; 101 and 88)
2005: 15K 1:23:13 (26:40/27:39/28:43) McNaughton 100 in April, Marathon on Memorial Day.
2006: 4M 42:10 (walk), FANS 24 in June (83 miles)
2007: Walk with Barbara
2008: Walk with Barbara
2009: run 1:27:23 (9:22 mpm) Place: 519/726 29:21/29:49/28:43, 34/43 AG
2010: walk 4 miles 39:32.
2011: walk 15 km 1:48:02
2012: run 15 km 1:36:55 679/835
2013: 15K 1:29:04 (29:34/29:53/29:38) 40/50 AG, 552/866
2014: 1:29:57 (29:22/30:46/29:49)


June 20, 2015 - Posted by | running | , ,

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