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March 16, 2009

Life imitating art

Who knew Edvard Munch had the Hart Bridge in mind when he painted The Scream?

Hat tip to David Carr for sharing the photo on the left. I hope "Karen" has a sense of humor.

Great River Run

Had a great race this past Saturday, especially considering my training has been seriously hampered the last 2 months because of the broken elbow. Little or no speed work and I still came within 45 seconds of my PR. My finishing time was 1:07:55.

My splits are pretty good. I went out kind of hard to find some room (never really did) and then settled into a nice tempo in San Marco. The splits then went down a bit with the Hart bridge, but nothing dramatic.

There are some folks griping online about the distance measured by their GPS watches. It is not surprising that the watches measured the course long. With so many people on the course, it would be impossible to run the shortest distance. And with so many turns, I can't imagine being on the very inside for every corner. The only folks with a chance to run only 9.3 miles are in the very front and I don't think they wear GPS watches. It was no surprise my Garmin 305 beeped early at the first mile because I had to do a bit of weaving and jockeying to find space. And I was seeded up front. I can't imagine being towards the back and trying to work to the front. Those folks could have run 10 miles!

All in all, a terrific event. Plus a great post-race party thrown by Jacksonville Running Company capped a spectacular day!

March 13, 2009

Gate River Run 15k National Championship

I'm excited about the race tomorrow. I am about pasta dinner'ed out, eating pasta every night for the last 3 days.

The goal is to run the first mile in 7:30 and then turn the screws. Last year I had the same plan and ran the first mile in 7:30, and then subsequent miles right around 7 minute pace until 8 and 9. Those were 7:25 and 7:48. I ended up finishing in 1:08:22, which I wouldn't mind doing tomorrow. I would like to crack 1:08. Although not a PR, with the sporadic nature of my speed training lately, it would be an accomplishment.

This race is huge for Jacksonville, and has been a part of my life for a long time.

Good luck to everyone running tomorrow!

March 2, 2009

Once again, I prove exercise is bad for you

I went for a brainstorming run at lunch. The run went really well until I turned onto my street to head home. A neighbor was walking with her daughter and unleashed dog. I slowed up as I reached the dog, but it didn't matter. The dog snapped at my bootie putting a small hole in my shorts and leaving me with a red welt on my rear end. Thankfully, upon closer review, no blood.

By the way, I did come up with a couple of ideas. We'll see if they are any good.