In like a lion.
March 1st of 2009 brings 22 degrees and a nice little snow storm to the New England region for the exact time of the Stu's 30k in our old hometown of Clinton, MA. I love the races CMS and Kevin put on but it would be nice to get good weather for just one of them. Every time I head to central mass for a race it snows, rains, locust infestation, plague, or worse. I do not require sunny skies and 70 degrees but any weather not rated "biblical" would be nice.
I was looking to run 5:50 to 6:00 minute pace but I fell into a 5:46 pace for most of it and that is what I ended up averaging. I was just going to keep it easy and smooth the whole way. I don't believe my legs were torn up at all which was the goal going into the race. Another nice benefit of this race was the sweet prize package courtesy of PR Running. If you need any running related equipment at all stop on in and ask for my main man Mario (who was in a battle with Double J up in Lawerence this morning) and he will hook you up with what ever you need. Today's pull was a nice Timex running watch that has a transmitter and an ipod receiver I can plug into an Ipod (that I don't have) which allows the timex to control track, volume, and stop/start functions. I assume if you own an Ipod and run with one this would be very handy especially in winter when you don't want to take your gloves off to fumble with a touch screen to skip "Endless love" on your playlist and get to "You're gonna go far kid." One of these days I am going to invest in one of them new fangled electronic digital music machines. The haul also included the traditional Stu's sweatshirt with a nice logo designed by the female winner Kim Duclos, a sweet pair of Wrightsock socks and a free 1/2 hour massage. Nice little prize package which I appreciate.
Snowing hard and gusting winds. Just horrible conditions for any sort of pacing or comfort. Ran with a Greater Boston guy for the first 6 miles nice and controlled but I think he had some IT band issues and had to abandon. From there on out I was all alone for the, cold, snowy, windy, remaining 12.6 miles. Did I mention it was cold, snowy, and windy?
Soaked through my shirt and gloves right around 14 miles and it got very uncomfortable. Hamstrings extremely tight at 16 due to shorts and tights getting soaked through there. Same split problems as last year. You would think I would learn the mile markers myself by now but that would be too easy.
2 6.12 11:42
5K 6.28 18:11
4 5.03 23:14
5 5.26 28:40
10K 7.02 35:42
6 4.22 40:05
15k 13.27 53:32
10 3.48 57:21
11 5.44 1:03:05
12 5.40 1:08:45
20K 6.14 1:14:59
14 5.24 1:20:23
16 12.07 1:32:31
17 5.27 1:37:59
18 6.44 1:44:44
18.6 3.15 1:47:51
Training Run 5:15:00 AM - 6.00 mi
Training Run 11:30:00 AM - 7.40 mi @ 54:11 (7:19 pace)
Training Run 6:00:00 AM - 8.00 mi @ 54:32 (6:49 pace)
Training Run 6:00:00 PM - 8.50 mi @ 58:24 (6:52 pace)
Training Run 6:00:00 AM - 5.20 mi @ 35:12 (6:46 pace)
Running Workout 6:30:00 PM - 2K-3K-5K-3K-2K - - 9.30 mi @ 48:56.00 (5:15 pace)
Training Run 6:00:00 AM - 6.50 mi @ 45:00 (6:55 pace)
Training Run 12:00:00 PM - 7.20 mi @ 49:24 (6:51 pace)
Training Run 11:30:00 AM - 7.64 mi @ 52:39 (6:53 pace)
Training Run 4:45:00 PM - 5.10 mi @ 36:08 (7:05 pace)
Training Run 9:00:00 AM - 6.50 mi @ 44:48 (6:53 pace)
Training Run 4:00:00 PM - 6.55 mi @ 45:08 (6:53 pace)
Training Run 10:30:00 AM - 5.00 mi
Running Competition 11:00:00 AM - Stu's 30K (Road Race) 30K Road Race @ 1:47:51.00 (5:46 pace) Place: 1
Running: 113.75 mi
Good week of training. 5 more to go until the taper begins. No injuries or illness to date. Let's try to keep it that way.
That's all I got.