Saturday, March 05, 2011

2011 Green Jewel

I've been putting in the miles, and my 50K PR, at 4:46, is mighty soft, so I went into this one *expecting* a PR. And not just an incremental one; I wanted to be Beamonesque, and really put one out there. But before I get to a description of the run, I just have to list the excuses:

1) I flew in from Boston last night, arriving at 8:30, which is pretty nearly my bedtime. I don't often run well the morning after a late (for me) flight.
2) With all the traveling, I've naturally put on a few pounds. This is never helpful.
3) The weather was fairly awful. The constant rain was bad enough, but the cold wind never let up, and seemed to be constantly in our faces.
4) Said rain caused flooding at many points along the way. The water (more like rivers) running across the all-purpose trail at many points was bad enough, but in some places there was thick mud on the asphalt, with water on top of that. It turned out just like ice.

Okay. Even with those caveats, I was still going for it. And that means, of course, that I went out too fast. I ran alone most of the way, but that was fine. I probably averaged 8 minutes per mile for the first half, hitting the mid-point (maybe 14.5 to 15 mile) aid station in Berea at 1:58.

Things went downhill from there. Actually uphill, but my pace slowed considerably. I hit mile 24.5 - the final aid station at about 3:25. Would I be able to do those final 7+ hilly miles in a bit over an hour to break 4:30?

It was tough. I was doing only marginally better than 9-minute pace on those parkway hills through N. Royalton and Broadview Heights. I hit Brecksville Road at about 4:17. Now I had a (steeply) downhill mile and a half to do in 13 minutes. Would I be able to?

Yes. I finished in 4:28 - a PR by 18 minutes. Almost, but not quite Beamonesque. (By the way, google Bob Beamon - and the 1968 Olympics - if you want to know what I mean by that.) Patrick told me that I'm not allowed to complain about any run that results in a PR, so I won't.

It was wonderful, once again, to run with all my MCRR buddies. Everyone did well!

(photo courtesy of Dan DeRosha)


Tony Mollica said...

Nice run Dan under some tough conditions! Way to gut it out!

I don't have to look up Bob Beamon to know about his extraordinary long jump record in the Mexico City Olympics; because I'm that old!

Dan Horvath said...

Only the really old folks would remember that one. I know I'll never forget it. Thanks for the compliment though.

Juli said...

Hi Dan!

No wonder I missed you -- you were too fast! Congratulations! You are a fantastic runner! Your descripton of the conditions was very accurate, and I know since I was there... I enjoyed the run very much. You were one of the people I wanted to say hello to, but I didn't see you. After the run, I was freezing from being so wet, and I had 6 hours to drive home, so I left soon after I finished.


Paul said...

Great run Dan! I don't remember Beamon's jump directly because I was too young, but that's a legendary thing for anyone who's a fan of track and field so I'm very aware of it. There was also some controversy when his record was finally broken if I recall correctly.

Anonymous said...

Great job out there, Dan. That's a huge PR! I've run it the last two years and was thankful to work an aid station rather than get sopping wet with all of you.

Again, strong running!

Dan Horvath said...

Thanks everyone!
Juli, saw your name in the results - wish we coulda said hello.
Bob, thanks for volunteering!

Mark Carroll said...

Great run on a tough day Dan!!

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