Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 Frozen Toe 10k

2014 Frozen Toe 10k

Event History: 5 yr
Personnel History: Legacy Runner (Participant every year since inception)
2010-time 58:31.95, pace: 9:37/M (est), Place 47/90 overall, 7/7 in my age group, 44/72 among men
2011-time 47:30.40, pace: 7:43/M, Place 27/186 overall, 6/21 in my age group, 27/123 among men (PR)
2012-time 48:06.59, pace: 7:49/M, Place 24/217 overall, 4/21 in my age group, 24/142 among men
2013-time: 2:16:19, pace 22:10/M, Place 232/233 overall, 28/28 in my age group, 139/139 among men (Hiked)

 2014 Frozen Toe Results:
2014-time: 51:16, pace 8:20/M, Place 47/243 overall, 6/25 in my age group, 39/130 among men

Garmin Data: HERE

 I knew I wasn't likely to be competitive with my 2011 or 2012 times, so I just went out looking for a good, hard run. I had ran the Chestnut Ridge Loop, which comprises the bulk of the course, with an intense effort and a pace in the high 8's just a week before the race and I was happy with that because it meant I had developed my current tempo training pace to a level equivalent with my prior trail race pace, the 2013 Into The Darkness 4 Miler.
Crazy expression. Running can cause that from time to time.

Coming out today and nailing a race pace in the low 8's represents a 40 sec/mile improvement in my trail race pace, so as long as I'm seeing improvement I'm not stressing on anything else. The fact that I was a hair over 3 1/2 minutes from my 2011 PR is largely inconsequential because my training is still transitioning from long, slow ultra's back to short fast 5k's and 10k's.

Looking forward, I have about a month and a half before I abandon my current training strategy and begin training for the Blue Ridge Half Marathon. The thing is...I will abandon my current strategy on Feb 16th and start training for the Blue Ridge Half regardless of where my short distance speeds are at that time. As fate would have it, the RNUTs races are an excellent spring board heading into the Blue Ridge Half, so if history is any indication I should be more competitive once training starts.

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