Running Report for Week of December 9, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012: Ran
Distance: 4.21 miles
Time: 38:12
Pace: 9:04 minutes/mile

Tuesday, December 11, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.72 miles
Time: 34:31
Pace: 9:17 minutes/mile

Thursday, December 13, 2012: Ran with WFAR
Distance: 5.12 miles
Time: 46:07
Pace: 9:00 minutes/mile

Saturday, December 15, 2012: Ran
Distance: 7.26 miles
Time: 1:06:52
Pace: 9:12 minutes/mile

Total

Distance: 20.31 miles
Time: 3:05:42
Pace: 9:09 minutes/mile

2012 Year-to-Date: 1,007.49 miles

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Running Report for Week of December 2, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012: Ran
Distance: 4.25 miles
Time: 38:20
Pace: 9:01 minutes/mile

Tuesday, December 4, 2012: Ran with WFAR
Distance: 5.02 miles
Time: 43:02
Pace: 8:34 minutes/mile

Thursday, December 6, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.57 miles
Time: 31:49
Pace: 8:54 minutes/mile

Saturday, December 8, 2012: Ran
Distance: 4.08 miles
Time: 37:38
Pace: 9:13 minutes/mile

Total

Distance: 16.92 miles
Time: 2:30:49
Pace: 8:55 minutes/mile

2012 Year-to-Date: 987.18 miles

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Running Report for Week of November 25, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012: Ran
Distance: 4.10 miles
Time: 35:29
Pace: 8:39 minutes/mile

Wednesday, November 28, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.71 miles
Time: 30:51
Pace: 8:18 minutes/mile

Thursday, November 29, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.68 miles
Time: 32:48
Pace: 8:55 minutes/mile

Saturday, December 1, 2012: Ran
Distance: 6.68 miles
Time: 59:32
Pace: 8:54 minutes/mile

Total

Distance: 18.17 miles
Time: 2:38:40
Pace: 8:43 minutes/mile

2012 Year-to-Date: 970.26 miles

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Running Report for Week of November 18, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.60 miles
Time: 40:00
Pace: 11:06 minutes/mile

Tuesday, November 20, 2012: Ran with WFAR
Distance: 3.05 miles
Time: 31:34
Pace: 10:21 minutes/mile

Thursday, November 22, 2012: Ran warmup
Distance: 0.62 miles
Time: 6:40
Pace: 10:49 minutes/mile

Thursday, November 22, 2012: Paced Skinny Turkey half marathon
Distance: 13.10 miles
Time: 2:28:38
Pace: 11:20 minutes/mile

Saturday, November 24, 2012: Ran
Distance: 6.10 miles
Time: 56:58
Pace: 9:20 minutes/mile

Total

Distance: 26.57 miles
Time: 4:43:50
Pace: 10:40 minutes/mile

2012 Year-to-Date: 952.09 miles

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Running Report for Week of November 11, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.56 miles
Time: 31:02
Pace: 8:43 minutes/mile

Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Ran
Distance: 4.32 miles
Time: 48:56
Pace: 11:19 minutes/mile

Friday, November 16, 2012: Ran
Distance: 4.29 miles
Time: 48:14
Pace: 11:15 minutes/mile

Saturday, November 17, 2012: Ran
Distance: 10.25 miles
Time: 1:50:50
Pace: 10:48 minutes/mile

Total

Distance: 22.42 miles
Time: 3:59:02
Pace: 10:40 minutes/mile

2012 Year-to-Date: 925.62 miles

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I’ve been asked to lead a pace group for the Skinny Turkey Half Marathon on Thanksgiving morning

Last Thanksgiving, I volunteered for the Gobbler’s Run 5K in Wake Forest. That was an awesome event, and I had considered volunteering for it again on Thanksgiving Day next week. But, it turns out, another volunteer opportunity came along instead.

The WFAR president (Bobby) invited me to lead one of the pace groups for the Skinny Turkey Half Marathon on Thanksgiving morning. So, I’ll be pacing the 2:30 group, which means that I need to run the half marathon at a pace of about 11:27 minutes/mile.

Now, if you’ve been following my running (and I know you have), then you know that I’ve been running much faster than 11:27 minutes/mile, even on my long runs and bad days. So, for the last few days, I’ve been practicing running at the slower pace.

It did not start out that great. I started out running *very slow*, and after 1/2 mile my iPhone app told me that I was running at a pace of 9:30 minutes/mile. But, eventually, I began to zero in on the goal pace. After two runs of about 4.25 miles each, I’m getting the hang of it. Saturday morning I plan to try that pace on a longer run. We’ll see how it goes.

I enjoyed running in a pace group in my first half marathon in Myrtle Beach last February. It was great to have someone else worry about the pace. But, more than that, I ran the entire race with a small group of people, and we talked together the whole time.

So, I’m looking forward to this half marathon as well. While I’ll be responsible for keeping us on pace, I’ll also have a chance to meet some runners from around the area.

This should be alot of fun!

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Running Report for Week of November 4, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012: Ran
Distance: 4.06 miles
Time: 34:23
Pace: 8:28 minutes/mile

Tuesday, November 6, 2012: Ran with WFAR
Distance: 5.06 miles
Time: 43:33
Pace: 8:36 minutes/mile

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.56 miles
Time: 31:35
Pace: 8:53 minutes/mile

Thursday, November 8, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.25 miles
Time: 25:32
Pace: 7:51 minutes/mile

Saturday, November 10, 2012: Ran
Distance: 8.05 miles
Time: 1:17:08
Pace: 9:35 minutes/mile

Total

Distance: 23.98 miles
Time: 3:32:11
Pace: 8:50 minutes/mile

2012 Year-to-Date: 903.2 miles

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Running Reports for Weeks of October 21, 2012 and October 28, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.36 miles
Time: 27:33
Pace: 8:09 minutes/mile

Tuesday, October 23, 2012: Ran with WFAR
Distance: 4.92 miles
Time: 43:21
Pace: 8:48 minutes/mile

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: Ran
Distance: 4.05 miles
Time: 35:43
Pace: 8:49 minutes/mile

Thursday, November 1, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.55 miles
Time: 29:44
Pace: 8:23 minutes/mile

Friday, November 2, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.56 miles
Time: 31:35
Pace: 8:52 minutes/mile

Saturday, November 3, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.54 miles
Time: 32:06
Pace: 9:04 minutes/mile

Total

Distance: 22.98 miles
Time: 3:20:02
Pace: 8:42 minutes/mile

2012 Year-to-Date: 879.22 miles

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Running Report for Week of October 14, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.23 miles
Time: 30:21
Pace: 9:24 minutes/mile

Tuesday, October 16, 2012: Ran with WFAR
Distance: 5.04 miles
Time: 46:25
Pace: 9:12 minutes/mile

Wednesday, October 17, 2012: Ran trails
Distance: 3.90 miles
Time: 40:44
Pace: 10:26 minutes/mile

Friday, October 19, 2012: Ran
Distance: 3.35 miles
Time: 30:49
Pace: 9:12 minutes/mile

Saturday, October 13, 2012: Ran
Distance: 9.04 miles
Time: 1:23:08
Pace: 9:12 minutes/mile

Total

Distance: 24.56 miles
Time: 3:51:27
Pace: 9:25 minutes/mile

2012 Year-to-Date: 856.24 miles

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Medoc Trail Race Report 2012

Hanging out with Medoc Man before the start of the Medoc Trail Race 10 miler.

For almost a year, I’ve been anticipating the Medoc Trail Race that I ran last weekend. This race had been so hyped and praised, that I was afraid that I would be disappointed. I was NOT disappointed! The race definitely lives up to all the hype!

Last summer, I talked my friend Jim into running this race with me. So, for the last few months, we’ve been running different parts of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail around Falls Lake.

Campfire in the group camping area Friday night before the race.

On the Friday night before the race, we drove to Medoc Mountain State Park (just under an hour’s drive from my house) for packet pickup and to hang out with some of the other runners from WFAR. Since it was so close, we decided to opt out of the free camping so that we could sleep in our own beds. I think this was a good choice for us.

I ran the race as “Oh Possum”…

Packet pickup worked well, although it was a little dark. The flashlight app on my iPhone and the flashlight that my friend Jim brought were lifesavers. We needed them to check our packets and also to found our way to the group camp area. I also heard that they ran out of food for the Friday night pasta dinner. But, later, they were coming around to the campers who did not get food telling them that they were bringing more food in. So, it all worked out.

The parking field later in the morning.

When we arrived at 7:00, we were able to park in the 2nd row. The next morning, we rose early and made the drive back to Medoc Mountain State Park, arriving around 7:00 a.m.

Banner at the shelter.

As with all other logistical matters concerning this race, parking was handled with ease. We parked in a large field and made our way to the shelter to gather around a large fire in the fireplace. And, that fire was needed! It was cold!

Runners gathered around the shelter before the races started.

If there were any logistical problems at all with this race, it was a lack of food before the race. But, looking back, there was nothing said about providing food before the race. So, that was our problem. I had eaten a little before leaving the house, but Jim had not. Several people offered him some food, so it wasn’t a big deal.

Runners getting ready for the Medoc Trail Race marathon which started at 8:00 a.m.

The marathon started precisely at 8:00 a.m. It was fun cheering them on with the other runners waiting for the 10 miler. They ran down the road a short way before looping back and entering the woods on the trail.

After the marathoners cleared out, Jim and I ran a mile warmup. When we finished the warmup, it was time to gather around the starting line. Even before the start there was alot of joking and greeting and general good times. And, right on schedule, the 10 mile race started at 8:30 a.m.

Jim and I at the starting line of the 10 miler.

After just under 1.5 miles on the road (which worked great to space out the runners), we turned onto the trail. This was a fast and easy trail with only a few technical sections and one very tough hill. Not only were there water/aid tables spaced appropriately, there were also people walking along the trail with backpacks full of bottled water. Awesome!

The trail itself is wonderfully maintained, mostly dirt road type trails, with great views… which you are not able to enjoy because, well, you have to pay attention to the roots and rocks and stuff. Even though this trail is not as technical as the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, it still has its fair share of obstacles.

After the race with the awesome finisher medal!

I had hoped to finish the 10 mile race with a pace of 10:30 minutes/mile (total time of 1:45:00). Instead, this trail was so fast that I was able to finish much quicker than expected: 9:29 minutes/mile (official time of 1:34:56).

After the race, we were awarded with an awesome finisher medal and a handheld water bottle, plus plenty of food, drink, and excitement. I enjoyed some trail mix, red beans and rice, water, coffee, and other treats while listening to music and hanging out with other WFAR runners encouraging the marathon runners would pass by.

Hanging out with other WFAR runners after the 10 miler.

The Medoc Trail Race is truly a first-class experience. The organizers did a great job, the logistics were smooth, the weather was perfect (even though it was a little cool at first, it warmed up), and the awards were amazing. Seriously.

I hope to run this race again next year, and I’m leaning heavily towards running the “Re-Run” in a few weeks… hopefully running two loops of the trail for total of about 17 miles. We’ll see…

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