Monthly Archives: January 2008
Aurora Sports Park Cross Country
I had the opportunity to run in a race today put on by the Colorado Masters Running Association. I dropped my son off for an activity at 8:00, hit the race at 9:00, and was back to pick him up at 11:00. Quite the action packed morning, but it worked out well.
I’ve been wanting to do a CMRA race for a year now, and finally got my chance. They are a local club that puts on one race per month with varying distances and surfaces. Today’s race was a-typical in both of those categories! The races usually attract from 40-100 runners, and offer a chance to do a low-cost, no frills event. For a 10 dollar fee (or free to club members), I viewed it as another great opportunity to get some speed work in. It’s always easier to push yourself when in a race setting.
The couse was a 4k loop through weeds, brush, ditches, creek bottoms, grass, trees, willows, you name it. Add 4-5 inches of snow, with some ice underneath, and it made for quite a challenge. Runners could stop at one, two, or three loops – meaning there was a simultaneous 4k, 8k, and 12k race going on. The one catch was that you didn’t have to declare what distance you were racing before the start, which made for some interesting times as I would watch the runners ahead of me each time we came through the start/finish and hope they would pull off – because I was dying! Every time they would run on through, I would have to dig a little and keep up the pace.
Had some struggles this week, but managed to complete my 5th straight week over 60 miles. I had a hard time with Tuesday’s hill run, then rode way harder than I should have on my first ride of the year on Wednesday. That set me up with some pretty good fatigue that I’m still dealing with.
This was my 4th highest mileage week. Coming in behind only my 100k race, 100 miler, and the week of my 31 mile birthday run.
The coolest thing about it was that I was able to do it all M-F and take the weekend off. I’m still getting up early and using that extra time to get longer runs in at lunch, then my back-to-back 20 mile commute was icing on the cake. I only impacted one evening with the family, pretty sweet to be able to pull that off. I’m optimistic that I can keep finding creative ways to get in a high volume of training.