Saturday, November 12, 2011

3 Road Races, 3 Age Group Wins (or...My Life As A Pacer)

I'm sure you get tired of me crowing about my oldest daughter Natalie...but I certainly can't crow about any of my own running achievements you'll have to indulge me yet again ;-)

This morning, we ran the Fowl Fun Run 2-miler (there's also a 10k). This was the first race we've run twice together. In fact, the whole family joined in this year, with my youngest daughter run-walking it, and my wife mostly walking.

Natalie's time this year was 16:20, which was 1:04 faster than last year's 17:24. As indicated in the title, she once again won her age group. We went out a bit slower than I had planned (8:17), but closed with a decent 7:54 second mile. She laid into her signature kick in the home stretch. She can very nearly out-kick me!

Our next race will be a 5k in Arlington, WA (same course as our 5k in September). I'll pace her in that one, then come January, she's on her own as I try to actually "race" a 5k myself. That should be good for a laugh!

Aside from her performance today, it was encouraging that she had no pain. Recently, she was complaining about her knee (she seems to come down with the same injuries I have. Hmm...) The course was flat, so that may have helped. As for me, I felt fine as well.

I need to start monitoring my weight closely, though. I've mentioned before that I have trouble keeping it on. As little as I've been running, it's odd to me. I've been doing some bike trainer work, swimming and weights along with the running, but really not that much. After peaking at 173 a few months ago, I'm back down to 163. What raised my eyebrows was an unintentional 2 lb. weight loss last week. I'd like to race next year at about 155 (I was too low at sub-145 during marathon training in early 2010), so keeping the calories up will be my mission. Tough work, but somebody's got to do it ;-)

Speaking of which, we brought home a nice Costco-sized pumpkin pie from today's race. They always have good grub there!

Happy training & racing, folks!

1 comment:

  1. I understand what you mean about weight loss. I run a lot and I still cant seem to lose the weight. Keep working hard and stay injury free. The best thing for me is stretching throughout the day, using a foam roller for my muscles and weight training. Hope you do well in your next 5K.