Sunday, August 23, 2009

He's the... fastest...kid... alive...

Geoff and I had fun at the Run for the Brave/Tanks n Tags (10km) yesterday. The race is only about 15 minutes from our house, so we didn't have to leave until 8:30am for the 9:30am start. Such a reasonable race start time! It allows you to get up at a decent hour (i.e. 7:30am), instead of in the middle of the night like most triathlons. The marathon is going to be ridonculous as it starts at some crazy hour like 6:15am, so 4am wake-up call!




Anyway, back to the race/workout! There weren't too many that turned up to do the race (150 total including the walk and the kid's fun run, I think), so we organized ourselves right at the front of the start line and away we went (well, Geoff always starts at the front of the race as he is super-fast but this time I started right next to him). That was the last I saw of Geoff as he sprinted away right from the start with not even one runner in his vicinity! Luckily he had a guy on the lead bike for some company:) I ran with a really young girl at a very good pace and hilariously we soon found ourselves in the next 2 places behind Geoff! How about that? Unfortunately after about 2.5 miles she opened up a small gap and I was struggling slightly so couldn't stay with her, but I kept her in my sights the rest of the race. I'm not quite there yet, but soon I will be the one dropping people! I gave it my all for the rest of the race, feeling good technique-wise and felt like I was running really well. She ended up about 40 seconds ahead of me, and I was 3rd overall in 40:46! Geoff won the entire race by like 7 mins and went 33:10.




I will be the first to admit that the course was not quite 10km (I wish), but more likely something around 600-800m short. Which means that this would still be a PB of a couple minutes for me (my previous PB is 45:30 that I did last year)! Yeah! Geoff figures he ran about a 35-something if it had been 10km. He also made the evening news as they interviewed him after he finished which was pretty funny!




After the race yesterday, we took Hugo to the off-leash dog park with Michele and her two dogs, and it was a crazy time. Hugo sprints relentlessly around the park from one dog to the next, and won't stop even when he is completely tired and ready to drop. He is next to impossible to catch, especially when your legs are a bit tired after racing:) It was a warmer day as well, so he actually went right into the lake a couple times to cool himself off. He has never done that before and he actually had to dog paddle to get back to the side in order to get out! He spent the entire day today sleeping, evidence that he definitely overdid it yesterday!

Monday will be a day off running - maybe I'll take my bike out for an hour?! (It's been awhile.) I ran for about 90 minutes earlier today and my legs aren't feeling all that bad. Tuesday starts a bigger build week of running into the first part of marathon training. In 3 weeks' time there is another 10km race that has a very accurate course (this is where I ran the PB last year) - the Rotary Run. Looking forward to seeing what I can do there but it will be 3 hard weeks leading up to it!

4 comments:

runningman said...

Wow congratz to both of you, awesome 10k. You're getting faster, keep it up!

mike said...

Great work Lisa, keep this up and you will rock Vegas and continue to beat me!

Charisa said...

Congrats to both of you!! And good luck in the Vegas training :)

Naomi Rae Nicholson said...

Awesome job, Lisa!!! I'm so excited you are enjoying your new focus: RUNNING!!! You are well on your way to a stellar marathon performance in Vegas! :)