Thursday, July 24, 2008

HDR Cross Country Series 3 miler Wk 5 (19:57)!!

The conditions were better tonight than two weeks ago, less windy but still a little warm. I figured I had as good a shot as any to break 20 minutes today. I went out a little more conservative with my first mile in 5:56. The second mile includes the KILLER HILL, which I continued my strategy of power hiking up to the point were the grade starts to level out and run the rest. This strategy saves my legs for the last 1.5 miles and only sets me back maybe 10-15 seconds. Only one person passed me on the hill and I passed at least 2 on the last mile. I went through mile 2 at 13:04, which means my second mile was 7:08 (12 seconds faster than 2 weeks ago). My finish time was 19:57 meeting my goal for the course! The last mile was in 6:53, also faster than two weeks ago. Over all I bettered my time by 14 seconds and broke 20 minutes, so I was pleased with my run. I knew I would be close as I turned the last corner and really kicked it in. I was 8th over all and 5th in my age group this week (tough age group man). It will be the last time I will get to run the course this year. Next week is the co-ed relay. Stay tuned to see how our team does. It will include Andi, me and Bill Schneider (in that order).

On sadder note, my grandfather, one of the toughest people I know, starts hospice care tomorrow. He has congestive heart failure and is struggling even to breathe. Please say a prayer for Grandpa Jack this week. Thanks, Karl

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you and your grandfather.
Way to go under 20 min