Back on Track

Sunday’s marathon pace run went a lot better than the previous MP effort, even though it was longer. The wind gave me a excuse to pace by feel without staring at the Garmin. The assignment was 18 miles with 12 miles at MP. Twelve miles is approximately two complete laps of Bay Farm Island which gave me something concrete to do. I had a pretty comfortable time, and didn’t slow down. Average pace was off by 12 seconds but hey, it was windy!

In other news, Oakland is getting a shiny new marathon, next March. Organized by the folks who do the Baltimore and some others I think. The route is still being designed, but there will surely be hills. Our club will be involved in the training program, so I might end up helping to coach some first time marathoners at the same time that I’m training for Boston. That’ll be interesting.

Next weekend I’m racing again hooray, and it’s another scenic one. This is the Lake Tahoe Relay, in which teams of 7 members do the 72-mile anticlockwise circuit of that body of water.

One lap only

One Lap Only

I’m with the LMJS mens 50s team, and will be running leg 4 around the North end of the lake. This is the longest leg at 12 miles, but also the flattest with the tallest hill being around 200 feet. The novelty for this sea-level runner will be the altitude, at between 6,200 and 6,500 feet above sea level. That’ll slow things down a bit!

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5 Responses to “Back on Track”


  1. 1 Christi June 9, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Good Luck with the relay!!! I am sure that you will do just fine with the elevation!

  2. 2 Flo June 9, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Wow, lots of news-worthy goings-on! Congrats on the swell MP run and how fun they’re putting a marathon on in your city, plus that you might be coaching. Tres cool! And that photo is spectacular. Gonna be interesting running at altitude, though. Can you rehearse somewhere high first? Just to know how much it’ll slow you down…

  3. 3 jime2 June 9, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I think the highest I have yet run is about 1500 feet, during the Marin Trail Relay last year. Any altitude affect was masked by the tiredness due to running up from sea level, then down again! There’s nothing particularly high that’s close enough for a mid-week rehearsal, so I’ll just have to wing it. A nice bit of altitude training 🙂

  4. 4 Loraine McVey June 10, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Good luck with the relay Jim and the extra challenge of altitude! I Hope someone will have a camera. Mt. Diablo is just under 4000 – you could always drive up there and run around the summit!

    You’d make a great coach for Oakland first-timers.

  5. 5 Jim E June 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I like the Mount Diablo idea, although it’s a bit late to do that this week. It might make for an interesting Saturday run sometime!


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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
10K43:44
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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