March 04, 2020 - Or at least that’s what I thought, until I ran down hill for 4 miles and made a return trip up. Combine that with running with great competition and my effort was anything but training effort
Or at least that’s what I thought it was going to be. Went in thinking I would just use this as a solid 10 mile training run, but between the course and my higher than expected effort it turned into a almost race effort run. The course was a 5 mile out and back, with the first half being a steady downhill run, which meant for a steady uphill return. Still not sure which way was more difficult or did more damage to my legs!
Started the race out a fairly easy effort, even allowed folks to pass me with increasing my pace. Would keep checking time and pace and thought I was going a bit fast but Heart rate remained steady so went with it. Miles were ticking off pretty quick, at about 3 miles
In I could feel the downhill running start to take it’s tole in my quads. Continued with the steady effort through the turn around, which gave me about a mile to prepare for the true climb back to the finish. This also gave me an opportunity to gauge how far behind I was from my buddy. Turned out to be a bit more than a 1/4 mile, but I could see him from a distance and this is when the training effort was really thrown out the window. Figured if I’m out here, might as well make a day of it and not come in 2nd. Picked up the effort just slightly and kept a focus on him, hit the start of the hill and found myself a bit closer. Started into the climb and increased effort again to keep overall pace the same and the gap shortened even more. With about 1.5 miles to go I was within 100 yards and knew with a strong push I could close the gap. Then around the mile to go mark, came up next to him, have a slight tap on the back, and send you better keep up. From here went into a hard effort to try and put some space on him.. holy crap that hurt. Heart rate went through the roof and I just pushed as hard as I could. Did run into a speed bump when I realized the distance on my watch was off. I took into a hard effort when I thought I had a mile to go, but by the time I finished my watch clicked 1.5 miles.