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Sunday, January 27, 2013

34th Annual January Thaw 4.5 Mile Race Recap 1-27-13

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: January 27, 2013

Today was the 34th Annual edition of the Central Maine Strider's January Thaw 4.5 mile Road Race up heah in Belgrade, Maine.

Photo by David Colby-Young
The first race of the year is always an adventure for me and I know that I wondered how I would do. I haven't run in a race since I went to Pennsylvania for the Runner's World Half Festival - the stars just didn't align correctly :-).

So it has been a while since I toed a starting line at a race and I felt a little more nervous because of it.

The 33rd Central Maine Strider's January Thaw was my first race last year and really started off a great year. I talked a lot about what it meant to me then in last year's race recap. So this is one of those races I will make for as long as I can.

For some reason for the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, I just couldn't find a rhythm or regulate my breathing, I just felt out of sorts. Then it seemed like for the whole race I was moving in slow motion and just couldn't pick it up at all. My legs had no spring in them at all.

Photo by David Colby-Young
Not using this as an excuse, but looking at my log this week I am pretty sure, It had something to do with running 10 miles on the treadmill on both Thursday and Friday ;-). It was a good lesson learned and one I won't forget. If I want to run better during a race, I need to rest a little before a race - I am not 25 any more, even though it seems that I keep thinking that I am sometimes.

Today was still pretty chilly at 14F degrees and the first part of the race was into the wind, so I decided to wear my face mask and then use it as a neck gaiter when the wind was at my back. 

Now I went by the mile marker at 6:46 according to the timer there, which is a lot different from my watch split results, which had me at 7:17??? I don't know which was correct? It doesn't really matter, but it made me wonder.

I finished 5/23 and 2nd in my age group, Ron who finished 1st in our age group finished 3rd and just kicked my butt! Gives me something to really think about and also motivation to keep getting better :-). Overall, I was very pleased with the results for this early in the year and other than how I felt during that first mile. I need to focus more on my leg turnover and just running faster outdoors, without over-striding.

Which if you look at the picture that David Colby-Young took of me in the last mile - what am I definitely doing!

Photo by David Colby-Young
Need to work on that!

Still smiling even after the race :-)
Photo by David Colby-Young
Guess who's shirt says Idiot's Running Club ;-).

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