I thought about going longer today (12-14) but I was tired from the traveling yesterday. How do you get so tired sitting on your butt all day? I decided to do the Rancho Vista Loop from my house and then see how I felt. I left the house around 1:00pm and it was already a little windy. I had to hold back to keep the pace easier early on. I finished 8 and then did a mile cool down for a total of 9 miles in 1:08:28 (7:37 pace).
Splits 7:54, 7:39, 7:36, 7:32, 7:24, 7:36, 7:46, 7:18, 7:42.
There were some great times locally and around the world today.
Dathan Ritzenhein ran 60 minutes on the dot at the World Half Marathon Championships, good enough for third place, right in between two Kenyans, and one second away from second place!
Local valley resident, Sergio Reyes, ran a very smart race at the Chicago marathon today finishing in a 3 minute PR of 2:15:30 (I had guessed 2:15:20). He started off conservatively and ran very even splits. His half marathon split was 1:07:42. Sammy Wanjiru won the race in a course record 2:05:41. Sergio lead the "chase pack" finishing in 8th place and first American finisher! See a picture of his finish at the asics aggies web site. This is a huge accomplishment. An improvement by 4-5 more minutes over the next two years could mean a trip to London in 2012. Wanjiru overshadowed the results but Sergio was mentioned as the first American in the Chicago Tribune article here.
Deena Kastor was a disappointing sixth in 2:28:50, but she did negative split and her time is third fastest American woman for the year.
Double amputee, Richard Whitehead, broke his own marathon record for amputees at Chicago in a time of 2:50:38!
Clay, Dale, and Chuck all ran the Long Beach Half Marathon this morning and posted some great times. Clay and Dale ran together in 1:34:17 (a new PR for Dale!). Chuck ran 1:32:15 (not bad since I think he is still recovering from the Air Force Marathon). All three were in the top 20 in their age groups.
Dale, I was recalling our New Year's Day Aqueduct Half Marathon only 10 months ago where we ran 1:37:52. A PR of 3 minutes 35 seconds in that short of time is HUGE! Congratulations!
If you asked Clay he would say that he has speed advantage and Dale has the endurance advantage. They have become good training partners for each other, and they are becoming more and more equal. They ran the race together, Clay pushing the pace early and Dale with his fast finish! Nice work guys. Check out splits and some great pictures on Clay's blog and commentary on Dale's blog.
T-shirts slogans from this past weekend:
"Does this shirt make my butt look fast"
"In my dreams I am a Kenyan"
"If found please drag across the finish line"
"We said we would run a marathon when Brett Farve became a Viking"