Monday, November 14, 2011

I ran a great race, wish I knew why

I haven't quite figured out why I ran as well as I did in yesterday's race. The weather surely helped and the course was flat and fast. I'd been having trouble keeping my daily runs within my targeted range, so I expected my pace to suffer with yesterday's longer distance.

Besides taking two days rest prior to the race, I ran through my set of core exercises on Saturday morning. That small workout can yield good results and I really should do it more often. I believe that my good experience on Sunday came from a combination of environment, prep and being back to full strength after some weeks battling colds and injuries.

Even after good runs I think about what I could have done differently to achieve better performance. I'm not sure there's much more I could have done yesterday. Had I run just 10 seconds faster, I would have paced in the 8:00 range instead of 9:00. A year ago that would have been important to me, but this year I feel differently. I did my best and I'm very happy with the results. That is until next Sunday's race.

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