Saturday, May 17, 2008

Been away for awhile

So I've been away from my blog for awhile and I've missed it. After last weekend's excitement I've just been trying to find some relaxation this week. I failed miserably. Work has been really busy and stressful and it seems I can't get to bed before 10 P.M. no matter how hard I try. Yes, it's true, Willie is NOT a night owl. If I'm not in bed by 9 on a school night I just never seem to be at my best. 

I ran my normal schedule, Tuesday easy run and Thursday tempo run. I did both with My Hero's boyfriend. He is such a nice guy and he is just beginning to run. Tuesday we did about 5 miles around Lake Hefner at a nice easy pace. I was really tired and had to walk a little but that is to be expected when I run in the evening after work. Thursday we did a tempo run around Mitch park which is a nice little park with some trails on rolling hills near my house. He had never done a tempo run before so I struggled to pick a pace that was good for both he and I. It was a good run but afterwards he said that he was actually running his 5K race pace so it was a little fast. I was afraid I broke him. I hate it when you get a new toy and you break it soon after you bring it home! It's just like me to get a new friend and ruin it soon after. Actually he's fine, I saw him today and he is still speaking to me so this is a good sign.

Today I ran the Sooner State Games 1/2 marathon. I was playing hooky from the Landrunners club series races because they were all at the Gusher Gallop 5K. This means I am loosing some series points but it's worth it. I HATE 5K's! They are way to short and I just plain suck at them. I just don't seem to have what it takes for a short race. I have worked hard to establish pace running and that just doesn't work at a 5K. I am just getting into my good pace when the race is ending! I HAVE A NEED FOR SPEED, because I don't have any! 

So I skipped the series race and ran the 1/2 marathon instead. There weren't many people at the race probably because everyone was at the 5K. I hadn't run a 1/2 since Tulsa last year when I ran a 1:40 so I didn't know what to expect today. My Hero was there so I decided to pace her for the early portion of the race and see where that left me. My normal race strategy is to go out easy and pick it up as the race progresses. Well today I changed that. I went out WAY to hard and paid a price for it later. I ran the first couple miles at 7:15 pace and eventually slowed to a consistent pace of about 7:23. I didn't really struggle until about 6 miles where I took a GU pack which I thought would bring me back to life and get me home. It didn't. I forgot to buy my E-Gel yesterday so I had to make a mad dash to a chain store last night to get some gel. They didn't have E-Gel! Ugghh! I bought some no-caffeine GU and hoped it would work out. It didn't. I took that GU pack and felt no different. That left me to struggle through the last 6 miles on my own. At the turn-around, though, I noticed that I was running 3rd overall for the men (My Hero was ahead of me but she was the first women)!!!! Holy crap, I thought, this isn't right! So I tried to keep my pace up but could only manage some 7:30's on the way back. At mile 9 I heard footsteps. This was not good. I was really struggling and now I had someone racing me for my first ever overall award chance. There was nothing I could do, I wimped out and he passed me. If I had anything left in me that took it all out and I crashed hard. The last couple miles I was light-headed and barely managing to hold an 8:00 pace. Luckily that pace was enough to hold onto  4th for the men, 5th overall. I ran a 1:38:55 which is a PR for me but I was not happy with the race. I ran stupidly. I did learn a lesson however, no more fast starts for Willie. 

I didn't get an overall medal but I did win my age group. I actually won 2 age groups! The race organizers transposed my age on the official results so I had to explain to them that I was not in my fifties when they gave out awards. It took more convincing than I care to admit! Do I really look that old? What the crap?? So anyway, they eventually found the error and gave me my age group medal. Later, however, one of my friends, who is in 50 year old division came running over to me saying they still had me down as winning the 50 year old division. He had actually won it and they wouldn't give him his medal. I had to once again go explain that I was NOT IN MY 50'S FOR GOODNESS SAKES! Very depressing...

Next week is the Andy Payne marathon. I'm concerned. The race today was really hard on me and I don't know if I will be able to rest enough to be ready for a marathon in a week. We'll just have to see how this week goes.

Thanks for listening


RBR said...

Holy Bejeebus! You are just cleaning up with the medals and age group awards! Awesome job!

You do not look anywhere NEAR your 50's!

Great job on your race! IF I ran A mile in 8 minutes I would throw a party and have t-shirts made. And that is your fall back pace?

What a rockstar you are!

Reese said...

I saw your results and thought "I bet he's blogged by now." You ran a great time at the 1/2, and I laughed at the part about "I HATE 5K's! They are way to short and I just plain suck at them." Do I have to remind you what you said about the 5K last week?
"I ran good considering I was still tired from being up all night and finished in 21:16. The really cool part came when I checked the results and saw the I WON MY AGE GROUP! Wow! I was shocked."
Anyway your hero's boyfriend P R'ed and he's excited. See you next week, maybe, at A P marathon.

Calyx Meredith said...

Well I don't understand series points and I'm not sure I know what a tempo run is BUT I am super impressed by your recent spate of wins!! Way to go! I'm sorry you had to learn the lesson about having the wrong gel. It sounds like you are getting stronger and faster and hanging with great people. Yay! I don't think you look like you're in your 50's AT ALL.
Take care of yourself this week - maybe an ice bath? Peace, my friend.

Reese said...

Yes, I did run Gusher, report is up. That was my first time doing speedwork with them at McGuinness. It's nice running on the track, but since I used my Garmin for the intervals, you could really do it anywhere. Some groups do run together, but I was running alone.

Southbay Girl said...

Willie you are my running hero, after the 8 year old that smoked me today! You won your age group! I'm so happy and proud! Woo hoo!!!! I think that's a monstrous accomplishment-especially since they had you winning two age groups-that's so cool-how did you manage it?

You posted on my race report-but I hadn't written my creative synopsis!!! Go back and read-it might make you laugh!!!

And yes it's F-ing hot here!!!

Southbay Girl said...

85 is HOT!

Southbay Girl said...

That was 85 at's now about 98-SUCKS! Hot as hell here this week!!!

Southbay Girl said...

Yes it is! It's hot here-come on out and try the heat on for size!

Calyx Meredith said...

I just listened to your favorite song. Willie - that's such a SAD song! You're such an upbeat guy, it TOTALLY surprises me that this is your favorite! (But George Strait is a pretty cool guy.) Peace!