Saturday had a 5k at my old High School. sadly they changed the course so I couldn't compete against the high school version of me but it was a great run. the old course was 2.8 miles but was Uberhilly so time were akin to a 5k's. Now the course is still very very hilly but it's a full 5k. it very small field but saw an old XC teammate and other friends. I did even meet up with my old XC coach, Coach Rapson. it was amazing. haven't seen the guy in two decades and after saying hi, he tells me to double tie my shoes so I don't wipe out like I did in high school once. twenty years later and still busting my chops. ::) the start was pretty informal just a loud "Go!" from the Girls XC coach and we were off. I took off w/ my old teammate Bennet. We hit the first turn and the race is over Bennet is gone and there is nobody near me. Up the first bad hill and it hurts. I reach the top and note my HR is 190 highest HR I've hit. no problem only 2.8 miles to go and 3 hills to go. :P. During my 4 years in XC I did the old course countless times in races and practice somuch I could do it in my sleep so at the end of the 2nd hill I passed Coach Rap and turned left like we always used to do ignoring the large white straight arrow on the ground. from behind me I heard the familiar voice of Coach Rap 'G#$%^mn it go straight Joe!' gotta love the personal service you get at small races.I slogged along by myself and made it the finisher's hill, a short but steep mutha, without walking and crossed the finish line to collect my old school tongue depressor w/ the #2 on top of it. still a great course but will be doing a lot more hill work before I try this again.
overlsept this AM in honor of the longest day of 2010. At Lunch I ran a little over 5miles in 47:30 avg HR 149. heat and hills were a factor today. I hit the trio of hills by wings field again and attacked as my plan says I should for 5 1/2 minutes. The whole time the Voice in my head (today played by oscar award winning Louis Gossett Jr. a.k.a Gunnery Sargeant Foley) yelling at me go just 1% harder. Near the top I alternated visualizing the finish line clock at 12:59:59 (my iron distance goal) and 19:59 (my 5k run time goal). nothing like mental games to get you through a tough day.