Tales from 9 Runs: Run 5: Omigod, I Won!
|Before the Race!|
I apologize for the title of this post and the paragraph above. I found it amusing and figured I would waste the idea of me winning in this post which someone might perceive as realistic or possible (though it's not), rather than on the big race in September.
|Timing was about 15-20|
I found the hills to not be as fearsome as I usually contend. With the Vibrams, uphill is actually pretty good. I would stray from saying "easy", but my step is lighter because the weight is positioned on the back foot. This often means I pick up pace going up hill where it drags for others. But downhill is problematic. Now there's more weight coming down with each step and if I'm not careful and deliberate with my stepping, I can seriously jostle my joints and feet. I have no actual information, but I would imagine a fair share of barefoot or Vibram runners injure themselves here. However, these were rolling hills, not steep hills. Only rarely did I feel the decline was troubling to my running.
|My token race shirt|
In moving forward, I'm pretty well on track, methinks. This week I will do a 10-11 mile run and continue to maintain regular runs throughout the week. I have to say, it's still surreal for me to think, "Yeah, I gotta do some short 5-mile runs this week." That's just a crazy statement for me to utter. Anywho, I think the other major component is to add more hills. My current route only has one substantial hill and I think I'm going to need more as I've been informed that the 25K Around the Cape has a lot of hills. But otherwise, I think I'm going to be able to do this. That's pretty awesome.
|My growing numbers|
Ok, one grip about today's race. The post-food grub: Dunkin Donuts and clam chowder. Nevermind that I'm a vegetarian so the chowder is useless, but really? No energizing or replenishing food? I don't mean to be indignant, but I would think there would be something more than those two options. Ok, I'm done.
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