Race Report 1:
October 10th is Barefoot Neil Z's (@ Because all the cool kids are doing it) birthday and he's hosting a fabulous race. The link in brackets will get you there and explain your options for joining and the fabulous prizes.
The race temperature was 12°C (54°F). I ran this race yesterday and here's the messy track:
However the Garmin is working it's magic! Adrienne also gave me a stern WARNING that drinking and improvements in running don't mix. So I will not drink (alcohol) while in training!
Race Report 2:
At the beginning of a rainy drizzly day, I started my Garmin and I was off to complete Marcia's Virtual Race (@ Running Off at the Mouth). The race temperature was 9°C (48°F) with a mild breeze from the East.
I covered the first 10k (6.25 Miles) in 1:18:04 for a pace of 7:48/k (12:30/mi). I was a little weaker following yesterday's 10k virtual race, but there was never a thought of giving up and not helping Marcia out and letting her know that I support her. I actually ran a totally new route, and I need to thank Marcia for her suggestion to her blog readers. I came a cross a lot of "yutes" on bicycles that didn't say hello, but a whole lot more pairs of power walkers and runners that were very friendly, and a lot of unaware dog walkers that stood on one side of the sidewalk while there doggies pulled the leash tight across the sidewalk as they sniffed around on the other side. Marcia's race is still on until 10/10/10 so please go to the race link and sign up, donate, and she has a random draw so even the poorest time has the same chance of winning.
I can't believe I've trained 4 months with a stop watch and keeping track of my course on Google Maps. This Garmin thing frees the mind up and I feel like I'm quite refreshed on these longer runs where time is a little less important than the running!
I've actually run a half-marathon in total distance these last two days. I might be saying goodbye to these longer distances for now as J.P. my coach is creating a plan for speed improvements (and I hope associated fitness).
Hoping for and sending mojo to all the people racing today, and especially those racing against tired donkeys for 50 miles!