Joe accompanied me on today’s two  hour MP run. He’s been doing low milages lately while waiting for his plantar fasciitis to subside, so he had no expectations about staying with me for all of it. After the warmup he dropped back and tracked me from about 200 yards back.

Thus removed from any peer pressure, I immediately forgot my plan to stick to 7:50 pace and got into a groove at about 7:41. After about five miles of this, Joe decided that he’d done his tempo for today and slowed down. This run was up and down the Bay Trail staring at point Isabelle in Richmond, heading south as far as Emeryville, then going north to the gate at the end of the trail in Richmond (slap that gate!) and returning to the starting point. At  a road crossing in Berkeley, drivers waved me over, so I was able to run the whole thing without breaking stride once. On the way back from the gate, I met Joe who turned as I passed him. “One more mile, then I’ll slow down.” His retort: “You animal!”.  Suitably encouraged, I tempo’d  that last mile in 7:17.

The hill behind the racecourse had slowed me a bit, as did a slight headwind in Richmond. I ended up covering 16 miles in 2:03:44, average pace 7:44. A bit faster than the planned 7:50. The warmup and cooldown brought the total to 20.5 miles.  I am extremely pleased with this run. Even the weather was perfect!


3 Responses to “Animal”

  1. 1 Loraine McVey March 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Good going Jim! I’m not sure what mile you were at when Den and I passed you in the opposite direction but it was nice to see you still smiling and looking in good form.

    • 2 jime2 March 29, 2009 at 8:33 am

      I was at about mile 12 of the MP segment. Smiling? I was thinking that with those dark glasses on, you look a bit like Paula Radcliffe. 🙂 Good job keeping up with Den, BTW

  2. 3 Loraine McVey March 29, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Mile 12, you were making it look easy! Paula ….? That’s not the first time I’ve heard that, oh that I had her talent. I was lucky to catch Den on a taking-it-easy post Napa marathon pace. You were right about the temptation to run faster with other people on Saturdays but I’ve taken your advice about keeping it slower on the weekday runs.

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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