Tilden Preview

I’m racing on Sunday, a trail race called the Tilden Tough Ten. This marks the two-year anniversary of my first race, which was the Bay To Breakers 12k. These two races are always on the same day. The TTT is capped at 300 runners, and the other race attracts 60,000 or more. One of those runners this year is Deena Kastor. I suppose she didn’t submit her Tilden entry in time.

Anyway, I was having a nostalgic browse of my training log of a year ago. I was rejoicing then at how much faster I had become in my first year. I’m sill enjoying that newbie improvement curve. This morning I blew past my 5k PR while doing a four mile tempo run. OK, it’s months old, but still…

I did not have a terribly good race last year. Under tapered and poorly paced, I completed it in 88:13. This year, We’ll see. Apart from division awards, there are special shirts for sub-80, sub-70 and sub-60 finishers. That sub-60 shirt is quite rare. No one got one last year. You might be wondering what sort of feeble runners we have around here if no one can do 10 miles in under 6:00 pace. The course is somewhat three-dimensional, with some steepish gradients.

Last year my pace was a touch slower than in the S.F. Marathon three months later. Now that I’m planning 7:37 for S.F.M., that sub-80 shirt is in my sights. Awards? In my age group those were all sub-70 last year. Hard Core.


5 Responses to “Tilden Preview”

  1. 1 Flo May 13, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Good luck! What a gorgeous course, though looks like a toughie. Congrats on the improvements, love how 5K turns into tempo pace. So, my fellow newbie gainer, how long do you think we have till our times start leveling off? Do you know any late starters among your running buddies that might have had similar experiences? Perhaps there’s no telling, but I do like to hear of continued pace droppage.

  2. 2 Christi May 13, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Damn! I admire your will power and willingness to tackle those hilly courses. Go get that sub-80 shirt and wear it proudly!!!!!!

  3. 3 jime2 May 13, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Flo – I don’t know anyone who fits my profile very well, so not much data there. I might ask around. Most of my running friends think I’m unusual, but perhaps they’re not talking about running 🙂 Most 2-year runners are not training as hard as we are, of course.
    Perhaps, with the right attitude it never really ends. I’ve heard a 20-year veteran say something like: “My goal for this year is a sub-20 5k. I have not done that for a while.”

    Christi – Thanks. I’ll do my best.

  4. 4 Flo May 13, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Well, it’s nice that we have each other as guinea pigs, then.

  5. 5 Loraine McVey May 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I’ll try not to blink and miss you as you whiz by. I’ll be volunteering at a water station. Have a great race!

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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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