OK, I'm in no racing shape but I'd heard of a 4.1 mile race here on the island and the winner gets a cord of wood. So I had to try. Of course I get in line to get my number and Double D is signing up. I was like oh shit, I'm going to get my ass kicked especially on this fairly hilly road course. Normally he'd kick my ass anyway on a snowshoe course or up a mountain, but usually on a road course I could hold my own. But between very little training and having more blood taken yesterday and not knowing who else had decided to show up I didn't know what would happen. Before the race started Dave told me he was running it easy, but who knows hat that meant.
I felt kind of bad hoping no one good would show up because I really like to race, but I really wanted the wood and even though I knew I'd probably run slower than my marathon pace for 4 miles I signed up.
Race starts up a good hill and I took the lead. Within a half mile I was ready for it to be over. In my head I'd lost already. It really showed me why I shouldn't be racing again yet. I thought about walking, but figured I had the lead for the moment and would go for as long as I could.
It didn't help my sciatica killed every step and by the time I hit halfway I had a good limp going.
Somehow I held on and won by 40 seconds, running 22:48. I think the only time I'd ever run this course was back in 1995 when I was in High school and I think it was faster. I even sprinted in because I wanted to give it everything I had. I'm not about showing up to a race to run as fast as I have to to win. I run as hard as I can. I thought about jogging in, but then got pissed at myself for even thinking about it and tried to go faster. Today it wasn't very fast, but in 3 months hopefully I can look back and laugh because I know I'll probably run my next marathon faster per mile.
2 mile warmup, felt awful
4.15 mile race, 22:48( not sure what pace that is)
3 mile cooldown and then a couple miles of walking.
Only thing good is now I've got wood.
Forgot, I also did 6x30 second hills after the race too. Did these pretty hard and really helped loosen up my sciatica.