Thursday, June 18, 2009

7 mile Quartz Hill loop (52:18)

I woke up this morning to the sound of chirping birds! To me that means NO WIND! I have mapped out a tough 10k course that includes a half mile hill up 65th and a mile steady hill up 60th. I felt good from the start and decided to push the hills a little and cruise the downhills. When I looked at my watch I was averaging about 7:20 pace up the hills. The loop is almost exactly 6 miles and would be a good 10k time trial or tempo run. I finished with an extra mile for a total of 7 in 52:18 or 7:30 avg pace. It was a great morning run.

Some of you may know of Dick Beardsley from the Duel in the Sun with Alberto Salazar at the 1982 Boston Marathon. He is also the Grandma's Marathon course record holder. He also ran a 2:47:56 at the age of 50! He had a total knee replacement in January of this year, not because of arthritis from running (running doesn't cause arthritis, heredity does) but he twisted his knee at the beach and required arthroscopic surgery (his 12th on that knee) but it got infected and the damage required total knee replacement. The amazing part of the story is that 6 months later he is running 40-45 miles per week! Read the article here.

Check out Dick Beardsley's Blog here.
He talks about his recovery from surgery, pretty interesting stuff.

The RunnersWorld Daily blog has been pretty funny this week.
Highlights include this story about beer.
And this one about underwear.

The Twin Cities Marathon that my wife and are running October 4th has officially reached its 11,000 entrant capacity with 3 months to go!

Finally, Thirsty Thursdays with Jack Daniels are back!

1 comment:

Chuck said...

Nice run......I always look forward to reading your blog. Thank you for the link to the article on Dick Beardsley and his blog. It was great reading. I enjoyed listening to an excellent motivational speech he gave before last years Austin Marathon. He personalized a copy of his book "Staying the course" for me. If you have not read it, you are welcome to borrow it.