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Just a training run...

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.  

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