Rain race

OK… Actually it was a “Just after the rain, run in the soup and mud” race.  But it was fun.  The race is called the Parley Pratt 4 miler and it’s a good way to pre burn some guilt calories in case you overindulge on the fourth.

I was going to ride either a half century or a 40 miler today with Columbia Multisport Club but we got rained out.  It seems we got nearly 4 inches of rain last night and it didn’t stop until about an hour after the ride was scheduled to start so common sense won out and they decided to postpone it until tomorrow.  Since I wasn’t going to do it anyway and tomorrow is a swim day for me, I decided to do my first organized run in 3 months! 

I ended up with a decent, albeit a little bit disappointing effort at 29:20 (7:20 pace) for four miles.  I guess I just thought I could run faster.  I’m sure the conditions and the fact that I brutalized myself on Thursday night didn’t help, but I’m not making excuses.  I should be doing better at this point and I was really hoping to run under 7:00 for this race, so I’m not satisfied.  I could feel myself fading in the third mile and my legs got heavy.  That is pure (lack of) fitness.  Nothing more.  I just need to work harder.

Tomorrow is an open water swim (and probably a run) and then I take it easy for the rest of the week.  Next weekend is the Shawnee Mission Triathlon (just south of Kansas City) so I need to ease up and rest a bit.  Call it a taper if you want but I just don’t like to go hard the week before any race, whether it is a goal race or a training race.  Tapering is part of my practice as well.

Ahh well, time to shift gears.  Scraping wallpaper and painting for the rest of the day.  Then blowing things up tonight!  Happy 4th!

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