Sunday, April 19, 2009

7 miler (run cut short by calf cramp) 53 min

We got into Las Vegas late on Friday night. Then I got up early, and drove out to Lake Mead to see my buddy Ron at the Rage in the Sage Triathlon (see picture). He was faster than predicted on the swim, then right on after the bike, but had a tough run mostly due to increased temperatures (it got into the mid 80s). It was fun to watch and I got some good video around the transition areas. The bike course was an out and back 40k which he predicted would take him about 1:40 so I wore running gear and did my own out and back on the River Mountain Loop Trail. I planned on a 10-12 miler but at 3.5 miles out I got a nasty R calf cramp and decided to stretch and turn around as it was quite painful. I finished the 7 miles in about 53 minutes. It seemed to improve a bit by the time I was back but was sore all day. I think it was a combination of dehydration and lack of sleep.

Two weeks until the Orange County Half Marathon. I better get there in one piece.

The Boston Marathon is tomorrow. There is a good chance for an American man or woman to win this year. The last American to win the Boston Marathon was Greg Meyer in 1983! Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher are the US favorites, but Brian Sell and Elva Dryer are also running.

Flotrack has already had some great interviews with the US elite runners. Check them out.

Newcomer Kelly Jaske is also running Boston. She was second at the US half marathon championships.

Finally, a local Palmdale, CA resident is also in the elite field at Boston. Sergio Reyes, who was 27th at the Olympic Trials Marathon in November 2007, is hoping to PR there. His current PR is 2:18:31. If he did he would certainly be in the running for a top 15 finish and prize money! Go Sergio. We will be following the race at work Monday morning.

It's hard to believe that I was in Boston running the marathon a year ago. I haven't run a marathon since.

My wife Andi and I are officially signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota on October 4th, 2009!

1 comment:

Dave H. said...

Good Boston Comments... Karl are you still going to pace a 1:30? I don't thing Clay is up for it... to bad... But I can hang!