Thursday, July 5, 2007

Four on the Floor Baby!



It's been about 8 months since I've done any real speed work or run a race shorter than a marathon so I was pleasantly surprised to run a 24:48 four mile run at our local Four on the Forth run. I really expected to hack a lung about mile 3 but the old body kept on going. Heck my time was even good enough to place second in the older than dirt age group.


Rob, Steve, and I all plotted our race strategy as we did a four mile warm up. Rob chose to go out as fast as possible and then hang on. Steve was thinking about going out at a moderate pace and then go all out in the last mile and a half. I really didn't know what I wanted to do so I just defaulted to my normal go out fast and try to stay fast strategy. I'll admit pulling in behind a guy in my age group and drafting the poor guy for the first two miles. We went through the first mile at 5:58 but this section of the out and back course was down hill. The second mile went to 6:09 and I just hung on the last two miles with a 6:17 and 6:18. The last half mile was up hill so I feel like I charged up it very well. Michelle ran a great race with a friend who is apparently planning on giving birth to an adult based on what she said in her blog on the subject. After the race we ran another two miles to warm down for a total of 10 miles for the morning.

Many of the Y-Run Club runners have made it a tradition to run this event and over the past two years we have been invited to one of our runners homes in the area for a pot luck barbecue. The weather was great with sunshine and about 75-80 degrees. We drank a couple of cold beers, ate some bratwurst, and Michelle's world famous carrot cake. Num num nummers!

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I will try to catch up on all your blogs sometime this weekend. Rob, Steve, and I are planning to run the 12 Summits run at Tiger Mt. this coming Saturday. Rob will probably be doing a reduced number of summits due to some time constraints and the fact that he is running the Seafair Marathon the following day. It's a little know fact that Rob is a 12 Summits virgin. He has yet to run the course. We are planning a night run the first weekend of August and we may attempt 12 Summits or the Ranger Creek section of the White River course. Looks like we will have a couple runners from Fleet Feet running club join us this weekend at 12 Summits as well. Two guys running with Fleet Feet Paul and Luis will be running CCC 100 as well so they could use the 34 miles and the constant climbing that 12 summits throws at you.

Stay out of trouble, but if you can't send pictures!



11 comments:

Phil said...

That's really moving! Congratulations. There's still some real life left in those legs.

Randy said...

Old as dirt is a worthy age group Eric....congratulations on a great finish...from one old slow fart to a faster old fart....

Annette said...

Awesome race time! You "old as dirt" runners amaze me. ;) I wish I could keep up with you. Congrats on the 2nd place finish.

Wes said...

You are just too damn fast! Enjoy that thirty four miler!

robtherunner said...

I can't believe you revealed my dark dirty secret. All my trail cred has just gone out the window.

Journey to a Centum said...

Rob - Um I think your speedy CCC 100 mile finish gives you all the trail cred you need bro.

olga said...

Do I HAVE to behave? That's kind of boring...or, and Robie is a virgin, la-la-la! OK, me too, but I am excused for living far, although not excused from never done "around the Hood" full trail run. Dirty secrets revealed! And this is after Michelle said "no laundry on the blog"!
Good hanging there at 4 miler, awesome speed you guys.
Now you do realize I am going to lecture you at the start of CCC to never-ever stop unless you're critically injured or got pulled off, right? Prepare yourself...now help me God not to stop myself!!!:)

Journey to a Centum said...

Olga,

Mo Livermore gave us the same lecture at the WS pre-race into. She said KMW (Keep Moving West). If you get sick KMW, you will be just as sick standing still. With CCC I guess we need to repeat the CFM (Constant Forward Motion)mantra. That goes for you too you little Around the Hood virgin you.

Rob, Steve, and I had a great training run yesterday evening with a quick 6 mile hill run. It was all on roads with 7 major hills. We pushed each other on the climbs and averaged an 8:04 pace with negative splits on each consecutive mile. Ahh the power of testosterone!

Eric

Randy said...

Hey Eric thanks for the tip about the track and speed workouts. No I haven't done any of that yet... I think I could try what you are suggesting though. I'll let you know how it works out. I'm game for anything that will help me see a sub-30 5k at the moment.

Sarah said...

Not bad for an old guy! ; ) : )

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