I've been mixing prep for the GAR. MPRRC had an "Aloha Readiness Series"
of 5K, 8K and 10K, two weeks apart. Those Sundays I raced. The other
Sundays I've been meeting with a large training group that GAR sponsors
every winter; one subgroup walks, one runs steadily a 8-min pace, and
I join a group that has been doing 5 1/2 miles, 10 minutes running, two
minutes walking. That's 2mi. from where I live, so get near 10mi. those
Sunday before Training week ending Feb 3 2013 there was a race going on
at the same time, and my group passed a guy way back in it who staggered,
fell, got up, fell again, and apparently couldn't get up. We gathered
around to direct traffic around him and see what we could do while waiting
for an ambulance. I didn't notice my group took off as soon as the
ambulance got there, saw them going around the bend at the bottom of the
hill, and it took me half a mile to catch them. Then I ran with the leader
and one other guy as I had been doing before, but with half a mile to go,
they decided to sprint it in, and try as I could, I was too tired to keep up.
Still tired all Monday. Astonished Tuesday to do my theoretical 8K in full,
for the first time in several weeks, and without the usual walk breaks!
Friday's 5K went OK -- almost always does -- so I was getting hopeful about
the 10K race Sunday.
In that, I almost immediately caught the guy who is always first in my
little 75-79 age group, and resisted the urge to maintain my pace, but fell
in two meters behind him, and stayed there for almost 4mi. to see how he
does it. At the beginning of a long hill, I found out! And in spite of
running the first part of the race more slowly than I felt like, I hadn't
saved enough to stay with him as he pulled 2:27 ahead of me in the last two
I missed a PR by over 20 minutes. :-(
# I'm puzzled by the reference to Hogs Back.
Hogs back is a hill in Cleveland not far down from Saint Joseph
Back in the days I started up that hill in 4th place overall in a race
and exited the hill in 2nd place.
Managed to close significantly on the winner in the last 3/4's of a
mile but he still won by 10 seconds. ( Steve Holecko from Berea ).
Never finished in front of him in a race.
Some things never change!
> >I wonder if the published course map is not exactly accurate, then. I don't
> >see anywhere on it that long where one would need hands on roots unless
> >taking short cuts off the trail, and I doubt that John Salmonson would allow
> >that. One possibility perhaps is the steep section halfway between 11 and 12
> >near the Nu`uanu Aid Station. It's been a while since I have been over
> >that part.
> No, of course they don't allow people to take short cuts. I probably
> have a photo somewhere, although the dark (even in daytime) makes it a
> difficult course to photograph. If I posted a photo to the newsgroup
> would you be able to see it? It's possible that I overestimate the
> length of the section.
Thanks for responding again. PJ Salmonson (Big John's wife) usually joins my
Wednesday hike group (I missed her this Wednesday because I was doing trail
work elsewhere). I'm sure she will be able to straighten me out on the matter.
I vaguely remember being corrected some time ago about my idea of what
part of what trail was "Hogs Back." I'll remember next time.