Sunday, August 06, 2006

Training 7/31 - 8/6

Mon-Cycling, 15 mi, 1:09:10, 4:37/mi

Tues- Dreier Dirty Dozen, 9.1 mi, 1:09:02, 7:35/mi


Thurs- Rain Run, 7.1 mi, 52:27, 7:23/mi

weights, upper #2, 39 min

Fri-Cycling, 22 mi, 1:18:18, 3:33/mi; best training time on this course

Sat-Sandbagger 10K, 6.2 mi, 43:06, 6:57/mi

This is a race where you predict your time. You can “win” this race by grossly overestimating how long it will take to run the 10K. Since we stagger the start times from the slowest predicted time to the fastest, usually the person with the largest positive difference between the predicted time and the actual time (lying) wins the race. Theoretically, if everyone told the absolute truth about how fast they planned to run the race, everyone would cross the finish line together, but that never happens.

There were 15 runners that participated. The course is an out and back and quite hilly. I always try to predict my time accurately since I don’t want to win the trophy. In 2004, I was the best predictor for my time. This year I predicted to run it in 41:35 (about the same as 2004). Since I predicted the fastest time, I was the last person to start. I had to wait about 28 minutes from when the first person started.

There was one guy that predicted 25 seconds slower than me so I had someone to pace myself (didn’t wear a watch). I ran to the out and then back and it really seemed like it went quickly. As I was nearing the 6.0 mile marker, I passed a couple people between that point and the end so I placed 13 out of 15 runners.

As for my prediction, since I ran it in 43:06, I was off by 1:31. I was pretty happy with my time considering the 22 mile bike ride Fri night and no taper. I was not the best predictor, but one of the fastest finishers. The guy that started in front of me also had an actual time of 43:06. Hugh predicted 50 minutes and ran in 50:37. The best predictor was off by 22 seconds and the “winner” of the race finised 3:31 faster than he predicted.

Results will be posted at Great Sandbagger

Sun-MKT, 16 mi, (7:49, 7:25, 7:11, 7:16, 7:15, 7:40, 7:33, 7:23, 7:46, 7:27, 7:28, 7:24, 7:30, 7:49, 7:29, 7:10), 1:59:34, 7:28/mi avg

I started the run with 2 other runners since I had posted a message to our group last week. They ran out with me for the first 4 miles and then turned around. It was nice having someone to get me started. Goal pace for this run was between 7:15 - 7:30. It was just a little warm 77F when we started at 6:30 so I am happy with the result.

Mileage not quite as high as I planned this week, but I ran some fast paces every run. I also substituted a couple bike rides for recovery runs.

Running: 38.4 mi

Cycling: 37 mi

Weight-lifting: 39 min

YTD Running: 1186.35 mi

YTD Cycling: 376 mi

September 4th-Heart of America Marathon
September 16-Chevy's Mexican Independence Day 5K Run
September 24-Sedalia Fall Duathlon
October 1-Columbia Half Marathon Challenge
October 22nd-Chicago Marathon


Kurt said...

I did a 20K in japan one time like that. Some people were dead on (they obviously cheated) but it is fun to do. Makes racing more interesting in a lot of ways.

SRR said...

You're running all those races that you have linked, right? Well, what are you planning on pacing for Chicago speedy??

Andy Emerson said...

Chicago, I am planning something sub-3 hours. I'm just not sure yet whether to go for 2:59:59 or to be a little more aggressive. I ran my last marathon in 3:01:58, but it was hilly.

I'm running those linked races too. The HOA marathon on Labor day, but it a freaking hilly course. Most people think those that run it are crazy (that would be me) For that marathon, my goal right now is 3:08.