Starting from Scratch

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On Saturday I joined Gerd shortly before 3 p.m. for part of his 30 km long run. I arrived at our running club parking lot about 10 minutes early, Gerd was running the first 10 km loop with Birgit, my 100-mile running partner from last year. The weather was really beautiful outside, sunny and 14°C, only a cool wind kept it from being a perfect day.

After a few minutes Gerd and Birgit came into side, so I strapped on my Camelbak and got ready for a 21 km run. Gerd tanked quick from supplies in his car, than we headed out for a second loop. Birgit decided to run the first mile with us, so the three of us settled into a comfortable pace. Around the first mile Birgit headed home, she wanted to run a 20 km race on Sunday and Gerd and I continued on around loop 2. Gerd was in good form and I was fresh, so we kept up a good pace, arriving early back at the start. The running club was still assembling, so we decided to add another mile before running on with the club.

At the beginning of the third loop Uli joined Gerd and I decided to run on ahead with RB and a few others, they wanted to run a a slightly faster pace, just under 6:10 min./km. The first 5-6 kilometers went well for me, the warm weather was motivating, the company good. By kilometer 7-8 (17-18 km total) I was feeling the effects of a faster than normal pace, I was out front and my pace declined, the others adjusted to my pace and we kept going.

I continued to fight the urge to run slower, but only managed to slow the slowing down, the last kilometer was our slowest, but my run was still the fastest long run so far this year, 21 km in 2:11:05. As I chatted with RB and some other friends after the run, I noticed how tired I felt, quite a change from the last several years where I was already run 80-100 kilometers a week by this of year. After my 100 mile race last September I took a much longer break than normal, this year I am having to start at a much lower level of fitness, I have a lot of work ahead of me!

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This page contains a single entry by Jack published on February 6, 2011 11:01 AM.

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