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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Roland Dyer 5K Race Recap and More 7-31-13

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: August 1, 2013

Today was a busy day that ended with a nice race over in Winslow. I do know that I enjoy going to these local races and socializing with everyone, gets me out of my shell.

I am going to start with the Race – The Roland Dyer Memorial 5K. I had a lot of fun and I was good, I didn’t try to race the race, I just ran a very controlled run, which is what I wanted to do.

The course was flat, but when I was on the grass sections, I could feel my Achilles tendon stretching more and while it wasn’t painful it really brought home that I am just not ready to do trail running yet.

So that was good to learn this way, instead of being stupid on a trail.

I settled into a comfortable pace, not pushing too fast and yet pushing hard enough to do what I wanted. One of the other runners stayed on my shoulder and then passed me just before the 2.0 mile mark. However, she seemed to slow down, just a hair about a quarter mile later and I moved back ahead.

It was a 2 lap course, so I was familiar with how much was left and when I got to about the 1/2 mile point, I picked it up a couple of notches. I tried to maintain my form, but from the photos I can tell that when I pick up the pace that I over stride and heel strike a lot more. So that is something that I will need to keep working on.

I ran a very uneven pace and I don’t know where those major dips came from, except that I think around those two dips is where we went into the trees. Unfortunately, the course was about 0.35 short, we went the wrong way on the start, but no one was totally upset and we ribbed the RD a little, like I said it was a small local race and no one was super competitive about things. I was there more for the socializing than competing and had a LOT of fun.

Okay, I didn’t really expect to run yesterday morning, but after my strength and stretching session at the gym, I wanted to get out and stretch my legs out a little. I expected to do 2-3 miles, but I was feeling good and decided to go down around Bond Brook.

The thing that I liked best about this run was the steadiness of my pace, no big swings, just a very steady line on the GPS.

No I don’t plan to do doubles all the time, but every so often, it is fun to do.

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