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Dunkin Run Recap

Saturday was the half and now that I’ve had a couple of days to reflect, let’s take a look back. Heading into the race, I have been hitting just under 30 miles per week so I knew that I wasn’t going to run an earth-shattering race. My plan has been to train through and gear my speed workouts for the Festival of Races 5K next month.

I decided to try and go out at 7 minute pace and see how long I could hold on. What I failed to realize is that the revised course for this year was quite a bit hillier than the usual route. From Mile 5-8, we were going up long gradual inclines.

This was a pretty small race, so at the start I stayed relaxed and intentionally slower. We went through in 6:41 which was faster than I wanted, but there weren’t a lot of people around so I stuck with a couple of others. I missed mile markers 2 and 3, so I was glad to see that we hit Mile 4 in 21 minutes. I stayed with one other guy all the way until Mile 8 when he began to pull away.

I was able to use some downhills and a bit of mental toughness to hold on for two more miles. When we went past 10, other people started catching up and I just didn’t have another gear. I crawled in the final 5k in 23:30 for a final time of 1:33:30.

I was really hoping to get close to 1:30, but with my training, I am pleased with the result. Now it’s a couple of days of rest, a bunch of donuts, some easy runs this week and a couple of weeks of training before the 5k. 


Current Training

Right now I’m building up to run The Arc 1/2 Marathon in September (http://www.arcon.org/events/race). The fact that it is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts absolutely influenced my entry. After that, I’m targeting the Festival of Races 5k, which will show how far I’ve come from last year’s time of 20:31. I’m comfortable saying that I’m hoping to get under 19:00 at the Festival. At last month’s Paige’s Butterfly Run, I finished in 20:06 without the mileage or speed work I’ve been hitting since then.

I’ve been over 25 miles 3 of the last 5 weeks and this week’s weather makes me confident of reaching that mark again. The Fleet Feet Sunday Long Runs (http://www.fleetfeetsyracuse.com/training/hot-feet-training-runs) will help me increase a little each week. They do a great job of getting people out and providing water/gels as the distances increase. My goal for the 1/2 is to try to get around 1:30- not focusing on that race as much as this year since I need longer to build my base. We’ll see how this next year goes before I make a marathon decision, but my hope is to finally get ready and complete one.