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5k versus 50yrs

Posted in Running with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by xi'an

Darn, the tendons I mentioned in the previous post were just on hold and they made this clear after the third k. So I limped to the arrival line, loosing more than a few places to end up in 16:49, i.e. more than 30 seconds above the time of last year. As my friend Dominique Calassou told me a few minutes later, the incoming 50′s should make me more cautious about setting high goals as this kind of trouble is bound to happen more and more! The race was actually easier than in the past years because the uphill slope was hardly noticeable. The kilometers were however indicated in a fairly unpredictable way: I ran the first k in 3:54 and the second in 3:02, which is clearly impossible. The third k was done in 3:42, which seems plausible, and I ended the fourth k in 4:10, which is also possible given the limp… The most surprising thing is that I ended up 12th (out of 128), compared with 19th last year (out of 156). Anyway, I will have to take a long break now if I want to run the 5k in D.C. this August and the two half-marathons in the Fall…

5k in sight

Posted in Running with tags , , on May 28, 2009 by xi'an

While I was doing my last serious training for the incoming local 5K race, I hurt myself last Monday. During the last 300m of the series, the tendons behind my right knee started to scream that enough was enough… (Those tendons have been sore since the Argentan half-marathon and the very reason why I did not do better in Boulogne.) I still ended up the 300m in 55:13 and the series with an average 56:66 but it hurt so much that I took a break for two days. This morning I had a test run of 45mn in the local park (where I saw four raucous green parakeets as well as two dog owners in a shouting contest, much to the shame of their placid dogs!) and it feels ok enough to contemplate running on Saturday night in around 16mn, like last year. This race has nothing special but is not easy either because of a long climb uphill on the second half of the track.

Ps—I have been training on a running track once or twice a week since early April with friends from the Insee Paris Club, running series from 300m (x15) to 1000m (x6), with an extra day of 2000m/16000m/1200m/800m/400m at a lower pace.

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