Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Charleston Distance Run Neophyte

This is at the 8 mile mark, on Virginia Street
Still smiling, but starting to tire.

And now, some photos to give voice to my obsession of the last 11 months.  I ran the 40th annual Charleston Distance Run, known locally as "America's 15 Miler" in 2:42:27 (official-started center pack and the individual timing chip doesn't "start" until I cross the timing mat at the beginning of the race).  I averaged a 10.5 minute per mile pace-just incredible for me.  I had never run more than ten miles up until race day but had trained on grass and gravel, on hills for months.

Up until the day of the race, I wasn't sure I could complete it, I knew I would have to power walk some of the steepest inclines in the South Hills portion of the course.  It was hot and humid, it even sprinkled rain a few times.  But this race has incredible energy.  I met some great folks along the way, special shout out to Amy Kline from around Ironton, OH who got me through miles 10-13 with wit, insight and friendship-hope we meet up again.

Now, the Marshall half marathon in November isn't quite as frightening.  But I'm still training.

Like crazy.  I did 8.5 miles on Sunday and 5 miles on Tuesday, 5 more are scheduled for tomorrow morning at 6 A.M.  Plus cross-fit classes Monday through Thursday.  It isn't fun but it is compelling to see what you are made of.

First ever CDR, so a personal best!  Crossing that finish line felt great!

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