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10 miler on Sunday – Ouch

Posted by bunchgrasser on March 2, 2009

The weather cleared on Sunday morning – giving me a window to complete my long run without getting rained on. It was a welcome change as the weather has not been very cooperative lately. I ran one of my regular out-and-back courses through mostly residential neighborhoods. I like the quietness and lack of traffic, although I did have my Ipod Nano blasting techno music throughout the entire run.

My legs and feet felt great for the first 5 miles. As expected though, my right heel and right knee started complaining a little at about mile 7. I cruised back home without any serious pains though, but my body definitely felt the extra couple of miles. According to my Garmin 205 – I maintained an 8:45 per minute pace through the entire 10 miles. As I usually say, not very impressive to others – but for me it is pushing it pretty fast for that length of a run.

I ended the month of February with 70 miles total. Still a little under my goal of 85 miles per month. I am hopeful that I will hit 85 in March and continue to hold at that level.

Cheers

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My Pacific Crest Half Marathon personal results

Posted by bunchgrasser on June 30, 2008

Ok, I’d like to write that I had a fabulous race this past weekend at the Pacific Crest Half Marathon in Sunriver, but that would not be an accurate representation of what actually happened. The truth is that I woke up in my Bend, OR hotel at 5:00am on race morning with stomach cramps and other assorted maladies. My condition unfortunately hadn’t improved much by the time the race started.

Now, I could have made the decision to skip the race, vowing to run another day when I felt better. But that would have been way too smart, beneficial and logical for a guy like me. I do have a history of making poor decisions out of sheer stubbornness. And, naturally I had to complete the race once I started to avoid the dreaded “DNF”.

Anyway, back to the race. As I left the starting area I kept my pace pretty slow. I was feeling pretty tentative and wasn’t sure how things were going to go. In truth, I was just hoping there would be a portable toilet at the 1 mile marker. I’ll spare everyone any further details, but let’s just say that I was well off my normal pace for the entirety of the race. According to my Garmin, I finished with a 2:06:xx. Official results haven’t been posted online as of yet.

I also noticed the effects of the higher elevation. At more than 4000 feet in elevation, Sunriver has thinner air than I’m used to in Portland. It wasn’t a huge difference, but I was huffing & puffing much earlier in the race than I would normally expect. I experimented with slower, deeper breaths which seemed to help.

The course around Sunriver was amazing! In fact, it was hands down my favorite of all the races that I’ve done. The first part of the course meanders through tall pines and juniper providing lots of shade. The ever-present crisp smell of sage jolts the senses. There were people stationed at nearly every cross street cheering everyone on. I even ran by several deer feeding along side the paved trail. The second half of the race takes you out into the sun along the river and near the stables & airport. The views were amazing, but the heat and direct sun were punishing.

The last mile took runners past the Sunriver lodge and then finished in the athlete’s village to the cheers of many. The small towel and water bottle were a nice touch, as was the invitation to duck into a cold shower. I headed straight for the food tent for some nourishment, a t-shirt and my finishers medal.

The organizers and volunteers deserve a huge pat on the back for putting on such a great race. I have nothing negative to say at all. This race is top notch and I truly look forward to coming back next year to redeem myself. In fact, to enjoy this event to the fullest – I’m thinking about renting a house in Sunriver for several days next year.

Cheers

 

 

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