Sunday I ran the Pi-Mile 5k. All you math and science-y geeks like myself should get it :). Pi = 1 unit = 3.1415... Therefore pi = a 5k run. Or thereabouts. Clever, huh!! They should have run this race on March 14th which is official pi day but I guess they weren't THAT clever.
Anyway, I happened to find this little 5k race on some local race listing and I had to have the shirt. That shirt ... LOVE IT! And I needed some speed work so I bribed my old running partner, Dennis, into running it with me. Very long time readers may remember Dennis. Dennis and I ran a lot back in the days when I could actually run faster than I presently can.
|Dennis and I after a race when I used to be fast|
|Dennis - in red shirt, and some of the other "speedies" I used to run with,|
running up Mt. Evans - elevation 14,270' - in 2009
Well....not so much.
The race started on the Colorado School of Mines track at the base of Lookout Mountain.
|That zigzag line is a road, the same road Julie and I went up last year on our Century bike ride.|
The "M" stands for "Mines" for the Colorado School of Mines and Technology. See the paraglider?
|The majority of the race runs along the path here along Clear Creek|
Mile 2 I hit at like 8:44. Really? Ugh. I guess I slowed TOO much, indicative by how well I felt for the last mile. I think it would have been a good race and I could have done better than my 5k in March, but the last half mile of this race was uphill and when I hit it, I was cooked, gave up, and lollygagged in to the finish with a 25:42.
Seriously, I haven't hit the 25's since I was like 14 on my first year of high school track.
There's a couple factors playing into this super slow speed my body's decided to run, and I could dive into that more but....
....really, none have a more reasonable explanation as when I got home and realized my blunder....
|HELLO cause for slow time: Left sock on right foot, right sock on the left foot.|
We drove about 11 miles to about 7800' to start out on a short loop trail. A nice view of Denver, if you can see it though the smog...
|Downtown Denver in the middle right side|
The trail really isn't horribly bad, unless you just ran 3.14 tough miles, and just aren't in hill shape, so the uphills were kicking my sorry butt big time. Dennis constantly was double backing for me to catch up.
|Dennis climbing up well. Me, walking up well.|
|How's that for a great dork picture?|
Another crap race; a bit over 5 miles on some gorgeous trails; shared nachos and drinks with a long lost friend while watching para-gliders sail down Lookout Mountain.....
How often do I place undue emphasis on my performance and fail to appreciate the pleasure of good company and the ability to just get out and run? Plenty. It takes a special day like this one to break that competitive cycle.
Some days it's good to race hard and perform well.
And some days it's even better to share the day with a long lost running pal.
Despite a pace that keeps getting slower and slower, I actually did enjoy this race and I look forward to doing it again next year. Maybe some of that speed will return and I'll get revenge on that race. And maybe it won't.
But I'm not giving up: I will keep puttering away at attempting to turn this speed thing around ... and appreciate my running for being what it is: undeniably real.
At least I'll wear the correct socks on the right feet!!
So until then....
Cherry Creek Sneak 5-miler this weekend. Will my suckfest PW streak continue? Let's see...
Good luck to all the Eugene Marathoners this weekend....Raina; Tasha; my client and friend Paul; and another long-lost-and-recently-connected-with friend whom I ran Boston 2010 together with - Katie A.