Sunday, December 5, 2010

Last Race of the Season-Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon

100% PR's this year. 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Full Marathon, sprint triathlon, olympic triathlon, and 1/2 Iron distance triathlon. All new marks to beat next year. It is interesting that each race was a PR and I am grateful for that, I did not reach my potential. I have some work to do. I have not finalized by race plans for next year. I have some confounding circumstances that do not allow for planning. Besides what do I want to do? I am signed up for the Surf City Marathon in Feb. After that? No idea...I need a shot at a 1/2 Iron that is not Silverman but which one? I dont know.

Las Vegas Half. Ya see, when I was sitting around years ago plotting my progression (like we can do that), I had this goal that I would break 2:00 on a half before I run a marathon. I signed up for LA last year before last years Vegas and I didnt beat it. Then I had surf city half, didnt beat it. So today? My chance to do that. Here I am signed up for another marathon and I have not reached the mark I set for myself. Today it was perfect conditions. Perfect weather, No wind, cool but not hot. NICE. A relatively flat course with perfect conditions=PR but not as fast as I wanted. Heard that before? Yeah my nemesis. After reviewing my splits I was around the time I wanted but not there. I finished in 2:03:30 a PR by 4 min or so. Here are my splits: 9:14, 9:15, 9:05, 9:12, 9:00, 9:00, 9:16, 9:30, 8:59, 9:53, 9:49, and 10:15, 1:44. Miles 11, 12, and 13 I was supposed to step up and get the average down below 9. Didnt happen. I pooped out, lol. Not only that but I had some gnarly blisters on the medial aspect of the 1st ray at the MTP. My back held up well. I almost ruined with an impromptu running in the staff/faculty 1 mile run at the UNLV track meet friday. I have to get my legs stronger. I have to get my core stronger. That is my goal for the next month. Run/lift. Here is how my week went:
Monday-Back "rehab"
Tuesday-Run 3 miles, stiff and sore. Never stopped me but didnt feel good.
Wednesday-Rest, sore but better. Running helped.
Thursday-Felt great. Ran 5 miles at 9:00 on the dot. I think I can do this sub 2 thing.
Friday-Roped into 1 mile run on the track. Didnt have a watch or idea where I was at time wise. I ran 7:21. I think my VDOT is going down.
Sunday (today)-Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon. QUOTE:

“Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.”



Karl Stutelberg said...

Congrats on the PR! The first 10 miles looked AWESOME! You know you ran Charlottesville 10 miler in 1:37 and today you went through 10 miles in about 1:32 and kept going. Nice work. Keep consistenty running more and those times will continue to drop. I can't wait for that sub 2hr day! Oh, and don't forget...2 months til Surf City!

Christi said...

Congratulations on all your great PRs! I would say you had a very successful year!

P said...

Don't discount that 4-minute PR, that's outstanding!! What a great year you've had, to PR at every distance.
Making core work a priority in my training has made all the difference in my speed and stamina, I highly recommend it!

Jon Gilchrist said...

good shtuff, Ron. PRs all the way around are pretty awesome. I think you've got teh right idea with the strength training and additional running. It'll def get you to that 2 hr mark and beyond. And i LOVE the drive...U had a bloody great year..

Chuck said...

Congratulations! You are closing in on a sub-2 hour half marathon. Another year of consistent running and I believe you will break the 2 hour barrier at the 2011 Las Vegas Half!

Ulyana said...

PR's all around!!!!??? That's awesome! Congrats! And it's just 3 mins to shave off next year, which you so are capable of. I know it!!!!

Katie said...

Congrats on the PR, you are so gonna break 2 hrs in 2011!!

Jeri said...

Great job on the HM PR. That's awesome!!!

And I can't believe you saw me finishing. I was a little bit grumpy with my time but oh so happy to be done. :p You totally should've said hi. Although I totally get why you didn't. I saw a blogger in my casino hotel one night and was too shy to say anything. :p Hopefully our paths will cross again, otherwise can't wait for you to get that sub 2 half!!