Choices, choices, choices! Should I run the 5k? The 10k? Or the 10 miler? That was my big concern driving the hour to Scotland Neck Saturday morning.
Nothing is simple right now.
I know I should do the 10 miler but that would be equal to my longest run since surgery . . . and I have the Virginia 24 next weekend. So it wouldn't be smart to to 10 miles I knew. But heck . . . 10 miles isn't very far at all. So I opted for the 5k race and once I finished I decided to go do another lap . . . so getting some time on my feet without risking hip complications too much.
I am getting better, both hip wise and endurance wise. I ran the full 5k without walking! Okay . . . that's not very great at all! But it IS improvement and that's all I am looking for. Just getting better.
I ended up finishing in 31:46 . . . that's 31 minutes and 46 seconds, not 31 hours and 46 minutes all you smart asses! I was pretty happy with that . . . I definitely didn't run too hard and could have gone faster.
When I finished, I picked up a bottle of water and talked Amber Poole into going another easy lap . . . walking and running. Tons of fun for me since Amber and I haven't had a chance to catch up since PNC bought RBC Bank. Amber got a job with PNC just before the conversion, plus she had had her 1st Umstead 100 attempt . . . so we had a lot to talk about!
The Gallberry Stampede is a really small race . . . probably about 100 folks between all three distances. With that advantage it turns out I was the only male in my age group (Older then Dirt) so . . . first place! 14th overall out of 41 . . . but a number of the entrants were walkers. Hey . . . nothing wrong with that. And I DID beat them!!! :-)
So this coming weekend is the Virginia 24 Hour and I'm on a "relay" team called Team Awesome for another year. I put the word "relay" in quotes because to me it's not really a "relay" since everyone runs the full 24 hours and you add up each team members distance. But the RD calls it a 'relay' . . . so "relay" it is!!
My plan is simple. No running at all. I plan to walk as fast and as far as my hip will let me. But I'm NOT going to do anything stupid. When my hip says "STOP" . . . I'll stop.
But walking or running I haven't gone further than 11 miles since surgery so this will definitely be untried, untested waters. My goal for the 24 hours . . . 50 miles. That will be a 28:48 pace. Seems easy enough. Plenty of extra time in there for rest stops, bathroom breaks, etc. Heck . . . if I take 2 hours worth of breaks I still only have to walk at a 26:24 pace!! If I can hold a 21:00 pace for 22 hours that would mean I could cover over 62 miles!!!
So we'll see how this all goes . . .
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