Results of this morning’s Bring It Home 5K are available on Coolrunning.com.
The Old Home Days Bring it Home 5K is August 3 at 8:30 AM. BFUHS senior Tim Salter-Roy is directing the race this year and hosting the race page here on Still Miling. Use the Race menu to find the page or click on the link below.Race Info
Thank you to all the runners who showed up for our little 5 km race on the Fourth of July. Thanks also to our great race crew that helped things go almost flawlessly – as flawlessly as can be expected without chip timing with this many runners. Thanks to our finish line photographer I have made a couple of corrections and the final results are not available from the race page. Detailed results with age division placing are available on Coolrunning.
Don’t forget the Old Home Days Bring it Home 5K next month.
Time to let go of 2018 and start thinking about 2019. It’s been a long injury plagued year but things are slowly improving and I am optimistic about the coming year. I am entering a new age group and my goal is to get and stay injury free so I can optimize my performance at the National Senior Games track and field competition and at the USATF Outdoor National Masters Track and Field Championships. My plan is to only run as much and as hard as I need to, which won’t be easy because it is so easy to let self doubts convince me I need to run the next workout harder and faster than the last.
It has been a long haul since I did something to my ankle back in December while trying to complete a speed workout on a treadmill. It was kind of ironic that I got hurt on the treadmill since I was there to avoid the icy footing outside as I revved up for what I hoped to be a return to 5 minute mile form. At first I thought it was something minor but by the afternoon I could barely walk. Then it was seven weeks before I felt able to attempt running again. Though there was some pain I thought things were getting better so I signed up to go to indoor nationals in mid-March, thinking 4 weeks of training would be enough. It was enough training so I didn’t embarrass myself at the meet but it wasn’t enough time to let the ankle heal and nine and a half hard laps of the 200 meter track later it was apparent that I had set myself back a bit in the recovery. I returned to easy training when I probably should have taken time off. At least I was smart enough to cancel plans for the Burlington Invitational in May but I signed up for the Vermont Senior Games track meet in June to make sure I qualified for next years National Senior Games and then mixed in days off with a minimal amount of training so I could participate in the USATF Masters National Track and Field Championship in July. When the final event of that meet was in the books I finally admitted to myself that I needed to take time off and let the ankle heal. After four weeks of no running I started easy running at the end of August and ran just fast enough in the Vermont Senior Games 5k and 10k road races in September and August to qualify and mixed in a 8 mile run at the Front Porches Half Marathon event. Even though I can still feel something not quite right in the ankle when I balance on that one leg, it feels better than it has since December and I am considering running in the Dee Run tomorrow just to take part in a local community event. With a forecast for rain and a rugged cross country course it could be a recipe for disaster but somehow the chance seems so remote to my little brain is severely tempted.
I spend last Saturday morning timing the Rockin’ Ham 5K at Central Elementary School in Bellows Falls. More than 200 runners showed up, many of them students at Central or the Walpole Elementary School. Results are available on Coolrunning.com. and finish line photos are available on Google Drive.
Women's division winner Abbie Broadley
Coming off of injury I had a pretty good day on Saturday in Landover, MD where the USATF National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships were taking place. Having run only 4 weeks after a 7 week layoff due to a high ankle strain I had no idea what to expect. Warming up the ankle felt okay – until I put on the spikes and started doing strides. Then I could feel it, but it wasn’t bad and did not seem to be hindering my stride. When the race started I settled in toward the back of the pack as the race went out at a good pace and then about halfway through the part of the pack I was in slowed just a little so the pace felt very comfortable. with about 200 meters to go I tested my kick and felt strong over that last lap, running it 5 seconds faster than the immediately preceding laps – an indication I had probably taken it too easy. I finished in 4:46.81 about 13 seconds off my best time at this distance last year, but very encouraging given the lack of training. Now I am looking forward to the 800 meter final on Sunday.
Hey, you’ve come across my first blog post as I try to learn WordPress by writing self indulgent entries about my running adventures. Tonight I am experimenting with inserting a YouTube video by showing you my break through run in the masters’ 800 meters at the USATF New England Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2016.