I mean, I thought that once I turned 50, I'd pretty much slow down...and by slow down, I mean that I thought I'd just start running slower, not run less.
But that's not how it's really worked out, not that I'm particularly running more, but I am running faster. I'm not sure why.
Take a look at my last five of the last six races. My PBs are in bold print. I've run all of these since turning 50.
February 2014 - Sue Kren (15K) - 1:35:22 (10:15)
February 2014 - Home of Guiding Hands (5K) - 28:23 (9:08)** and ***
January 2014 - SuperRun (10K) - 57:39 (9:17)
November 2013 - Run for the Hungry 5K - 26:38 (8:34)
August 2013 - End of Summer Fire Run (4 Miles) - 35:12 (8:54)March 2013 - San Diego 1/2 Marathon - 2:17:43 (10:31)
This morning's PR at the Sue Kren 15K was particularly surprising because I really, really, really hadn't intended to be anywhere near a personal best. First, the 15K distance is difficult. It's a long race. Not a 10K where you can push yourself, but not a half-mary either. Also, for the first time this particular race was a low tide run, on the sand.
|Walter and me before the race. We won't make comments about the beautiful weather...but it was.|
And I honestly felt like I was taking it easy (or as easy as one can run 9.3 miles).
So, I was pretty surprised when I looked at my time this afternoon and realized that I had another personal best this year.
* No more surprising than a blog post by me!
** Disclaimer. The HGH5K was the last three miles of an eight mile run...and I feel pretty good about the close to 9 minute pace having already run 5.
*** Full disclosure, I actually won my age group in this race! Woot!
|My first "first place" medal!|