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.
Saturday-Rest
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.”
Aesop

DO NOT GET COMPLACENT

8 comments:

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!!