Monday, October 09, 2006

Weekend update

Marathon season is in full swing. And in Ohio, we have good ones nearby in each of the first three weeks of October.

What a great fall weekend here: Clear skies, brilliant sun, and relatively cool morning temperatures. I joined my Boston training bud Andrew, who's training for the Philadelphia Marathon on November 19, for both weekend runs.

Andrew needed a time trial to determine his fitness and I needed a faster paced workout. He picked the Nature's Bin 5k road race at Lakewood Park, sponsored by the local natural food store Cornocopia Nature's Bin.

(Cornocopia's mission since 1975 is helping people with serious disabilities to secure their place within the workforce by developing work skills leading to employment and by providing job placement assistance and support services. "The Bin," was "Cornucopia's first and most enduring average of 12 people with mental retardation trained there each year.")

It felt good to run a race at home in my town. Doc Louis and Denis joined us for the warm-up.

From the opening gun, Andrew darted to the front and gapped the rest of us right away. As he disappeared off in the distance, I just tried to maintain a relaxed feeling thru the two mile mark. The race was large enough where there were plenty of runners in my vicinity, all whom helped pushed me to the finish. (Those competitive juices never wane, do they?) Andrew's 18:02 finish confirmed that he's getting much faster than me. I have some catching up to do.

Mr. A is following the Pfitzinger marathon training schedule, which calls for a long run the day after a race. On Sunday, we joined up for a hilly tour of Brecksville and northern Summit county on this 17 mile route. Afterwards, I hustled down to the Boston Store and the finish line of the Towpath Marathon. Three Cleveland masters runners took the top three spots led by John Paull in 2:50. In one of the most gracious acts I've witnessed in running, John's pacer and friend, Pellegrino allowed him to go ahead to win the race. Roger Wilder was third in 2:52. Congrats JP!

Great weather, great weekend. I hope it stays for at least one more week for all those competing next week in Columbus. I know Papa Louie is running. Any other bloggers?

Weekend runs:
Sat- 9 miles total; 5k race (19:11) Splits: 6:15/6:21/5:57/0:37
Sun- Long run 17 miles; ran the hilly roads of Brecksville with Andrew (2:15 total run time)



Blogger Papa Louie said...

I'll see you out on the course. No special needs here just looking to hang tough.

3:42 PM  

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