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« on: October 05, 2009, 10:10:23 AM »

Its been my goal the past 1-2 yrs to get myself back into shape and many of you know from pics etc.. that I've done that.  I began this process by running but wouldn't give myself enough time to heal between runs and quickly developed too many aches and pains to continue so I switched over to the elliptical.  In the last couple of months I've been mixing up my routine by adding in some running.  Now I'm running 2-6 miles once every other week and I feel like becoming a much stronger runner. 

With all the talk of 5K's here I always wondered how I'd do if I ran one.  Well this past Sunday one of my friends invited me to run with him and a couple of his friends in a local 5K and I agreed to run with them.  My only goal was to hopefully finish in under 25 minutes but wouldn't be disappointed if I didn't since I haven't really timed any of my previous runs.  Well we all lined up together and when the race started they took off really fast much faster than I run on my own.  I figured I'd try to run with them for the first mile and was able too.  We clocked the first mile with roughly a 6:30 pace and I felt good.  They began to slow a little but I kept pushing on at what I thought was that pace and passed them.  Now that I was in the lead the competitor in me took over and I set my sights on my next victim and before I knew it I was on the final straight away sprinting to the finish line.

I finished the race 12th out of 93 and was 6th in my age group.  My time was 20:28 = 6:36 pace.

I couldn't and still can't believe my results.  Here is a cut and paste of the top 25.

OVERALL                                                                FINAL         DIVISION
PLC    Name                         A/S  DIV    CITY                   TIME   PACE   PLC/TOT  BIB
====  ============================ ==== ===== ====================== ======= ====== ======== =====
  1    David Bridgewater            26M M2029 Simsbury CT              15:45 5:04     1/12    32
  2    Bob McCusker                 57M M5059 Simsbury CT              17:47 5:44     1/12    54
  3    Joe Vacca                    38M M3039 Canton CT                18:55 6:06     1/9     63
  4    Jason Terribile              22M M2029 Clinton CT               19:27 6:16     2/12    11
  5    Michael Alquist              42M M4049 West Hartford CT         19:30 6:17     1/9     73
  6    Tyson Deloy                  31M M3039 New Hartford CT          19:32 6:18     2/9     60
  7    David Podsot                 42M M4049 Simsbury CT              19:35 6:19     2/9     28
  8    Michael Dallis               23M M2029 Winstead CT              19:44 6:21     3/12    12
  9    Benjamin Carino              25M M2029 ========== CT            19:49 6:23     4/12    23
  10   Jeff Weatherhead             58M M5059 Granby CT                20:04 6:28     2/12    50
  11   Michael Ciesco               25M M2029 Torrington CT            20:15 6:31     5/12    24
  12   Casey Smith                  28M M2029 W.Hartland CT            20:28 6:36     6/12    34
  13   Kathy Lundin                 50F F5059 Granby CT                20:29 6:36     1/8     51
  14   Christopher Kiely            24M M2029 ========== CT            20:33 6:37     7/12    13
  15   Lawrence Hunter              56M M5059 Barkhamsted CT           20:51 6:43     3/12    25
  16   David Dyson                  40M M4049 Newington CT             21:07 6:48     3/9     49
  17   Wayne Petrallto              22M M2029 Unionville CT            21:10 6:49     8/12    17
  18   Jim Strillacci               57M M5059 New Hartford CT          21:11 6:49     4/12    57
  19   Tim Zeilman                  38M M3039 Simsbury CT              21:20 6:52     3/9     85
  20   Bradford Chase               25M M2029 ========== CT            21:36 6:58     9/12    82
  21   Jason Trambly                22M M2029 Simsbury CT              21:36 6:58    10/12    71
  22   Jaime Corcoran               28M M2029 Simsbury CT              21:38 6:58    11/12    39
  23   Tyler Pederson               17M M1319 Simsbury CT              21:55 7:04     1/1     62
  24   Sara Allan                   39F F3039 W.Simsbury CT            22:06 7:07     1/10    89
  25   Art Fredericks               39M M3039 Canton CT                22:18 7:11     4/9     58

I most say I had a great time at the race and will probably do more but I still enjoy running on my own more. 

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2009, 10:15:09 AM »

that's incredible- you set the bar pretty high!
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2009, 12:06:15 PM »

Congrats on getting some good feed-back on your fitness efforts.

Have you done competitive running of any kind in past?

I had not done any competitive speed based events until I was near 30 and started running as training for altitude.  I was amazed at the difference competition made in my times.   I wonder if this doesn't go a back a million years to the plains of Africa when you either kept up with the hunting group or you got left alone to be eaten by the lion.

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2009, 02:34:15 PM »

Have you done competitive running of any kind in past?

No, I haven't done any competitive running up until now but was very surprised at how far I could push myself do to racing conditions.  I can easily see why having a training partner to compete against while training would help out immensely.

I wonder if this doesn't go a back a million years to the plains of Africa when you either kept up with the hunting group or you got left alone to be eaten by the lion.
Tommy T.

Right on, you just don't want to be the slowest out there.  
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2009, 03:47:20 PM »

congrats man, that's a fast time! you'd do pretty well in the MIAA Div. 4 State Championships Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2009, 07:20:01 PM »

Very nice, Impressive too way to go.

I'm going to start calling you Slim-McFlash
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2009, 07:37:41 AM »

Wow.  Thats really good.  5ks are fun huh?
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2009, 08:50:47 AM »

5ks are fun huh?

They are fun, but my only focus was run fast!!!!  Whereas when I run on my own its at more comfortable pace and I can look around and enjoy the scenery etc..
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2009, 11:01:33 AM »

I was just thinking back and I haven't run one since the spring. I can't wait to do another one now. I really want to try to do a sub 7 minute pace
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2009, 11:08:02 AM »

Good job Rage, that is a great time as well. I miss running it is a lot of fun.
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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2009, 11:52:28 AM »

I'm going to start calling you Slim-McFlash

I was thinking slim-fast, but thats already been taken.
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2009, 04:42:22 PM »

slim jim?
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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2009, 08:44:53 PM »

Rage,
You and your brother have amazed me with how much the running has helped your hiking.
You both have gotten so much faster when I have hiked with both in the past.
You have motivated me to take up running a small amount. (so far)
On the weeks I do not have my kids i have been taking my dog out for short runs. I can't go far but it is a start.
I haven't bought running shoes yet. Making sure i stick with it long enough for the investment.
Tomorrow I'm going to try to run on a high school track with the kids.
Thank you for the inspiration!
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2009, 12:13:39 PM »

Tomorrow I'm going to try to run on a high school track with the kids.
Thank you for the inspiration!

Good luck with the running! Just do however much or little you enjoy, and don't push yourself too hard at first. Eventually your legs will get used to it and you will enjoy more and more.
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2010, 03:07:44 PM »

I was just looking at your results from the two Vidal Memorial runs- my result last weekend fell right between your two, and you were about a minute faster this year than last year
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