Silver Comet 10K

This Saturday, I ran the Silver Comet 10K which bills itself as once of the fastest 10K races in the area since not only is it flat, but part of the course is slightly downhill. That made it the perfect first 10K for me.

Here’s the map and data for my run:

I finished the race in 1:05:01 (chip time). My gun time was 1:05:30, according to which I was placed 474/675 overall, 285/330 among men, and 58/67 among men aged 40-44.

1,000 Miles Progress

One of my new year resolutions this year was to do 1,000 miles in 2013.

Running a thousand miles in a year requires 2.74 miles/day or 19.19 miles/week. That is beyond my ability. But I do some cycling on the weekends. So I decided to count my cycling miles at one-third.

Let’s see how I have done since January 1.

Running: 4.26 + 4.05 + 5.1 + 4.19 + 4.04 + 3.22 + 4.11 + 4.2 + 6.04 + 4.31 + 4.25 + 6.16 + 4.2 + 4.29 + 6.33 + 4.07 = 72.82 miles

Cycling: 29.5 + 31.5 + 40.3 + 28.9 = 130.2 miles

Adding them up, we get 72.82 + 130.2/3 = 116.22 miles.

Today is February 6, the 37th day of the year. So 10% of the year is gone. To keep my pace for the 1,000 miles, I needed to do 100 miles till noon today. Thus I am on track.

Hot Chocolate 5K

When chocolate’s on offer, of course, I’ll run. And that’s how I registered for the Hot Chocolate 5K.

On the morning of January 13, the “Hot” referred to the weather since it was 60F early in the morning.

It was slow going to get to the race area due to traffic. About 18,000 people were taking part and traffic was completely stopped for miles.

After the race, we got some chocolate fondue with a banana and other dips. It was yummy.

Here’s a map of the route, along with elevation and my heart rate and speed graphs.

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This was my first race with a timing snafu. Initially, the results online showed my chip time as 36 minutes. I knew that was definitely wrong. My Wahoo Fitness iPhone app had clocked me at 32:59 and I had started that before my corral even started running and had stopped it a little after crossing the finish line. So I sent them a correction request. My time has now been changed to 33:33, which is still about a minute too long. But I am going to let that stand.

Based on the new time of 33min 33sec, I was ranked 2169th/9083 overall, 756th/1732 among men, and 95th/269 among men aged 40-44. (Yes, men were only 19% of the 5K participants.)

Now, I am waiting for my first 10K!

Big Creek Greenway Bike Ride

Last week, I went bike riding on the Big Creek Greenway. I rode about 20 easy, flat miles.

I tried out my new Garmin Oregon 450 which I mounted on my bicycle using the Garmin bike mount.

Here is the Big Creek Greenway Bike Ride Garmin Adventure. Unfortunately, I don’t know if it’s possible to embed that map here.

Jingle Jog

Last weekend, I ran the Jingle Jog 5K. This was an exciting event because Amber, Michelle and I were all participating.

I ran this 5km race at Michelle’s pace, who did very well.

Here’s a map of the route, along with elevation, my heart rate and speed graphs.

According to the official results, my chip time was 39:40 and gun time was 43:44. I finished 1,440th out 2,133 participants, 576th out of 758 men and 70th out of 92 among men aged 40-44.

More importantly, Michelle finished in 39:40 which was faster than she had been running with me before the race. She was 1,438th among all (2,133) participants, 867th among 1,375 women/girls and 50th among 81 girls aged 0-9.

It seems like more women run than men. There were a few more women than men in the Gobble Jog and in the Jingle Jog, women outnumbered men almost 2:1.

Gobble Jog 5K

After years of running for a while and then quitting because running is hard, this summer I decided to try again.

In June, I started using the 9-week couch-to-5K program with the Get Running iPhone app. Since it was summer in HOTlanta, I did all my running/walking on a treadmill at the gym. But I stuck with it and by the end of August, I was able to run 3 miles without any walking breaks, even though I was slow.

Then the question arose: What’s next? The truth is running on a treadmill is incredibly boring and with the couch-to-5K program finished, I didn’t have any goals. I figured the best option would be to train for a 10K race in spring of 2013.

A friend was nice enough to make a training plan for me and help me choose races. I decided to do a few 5K races first. Also, it was time, with fall approaching, to start running outdoors.

At first, running outdoors was much harder than on a treadmill. You have to pace yourself instead of the machine doing it for you. And in my area of northern Atlanta suburbs, there are a lot of rolling hills.

On Thanksgiving morning, I ran my first 5K race, the Gobble Jog in Marietta, wearing my Wahoo Blue HR strap and recording the run using the Wahoo Fitness app.

Here’s the map of the race along with some data (I started the recording a little after the start line):

I found running in a race to be a lot more exhilarating than running by myself. It was a lot of fun to pass other runners. That’s how I ended up with my fastest 5K time ever.

According to official Gobble Jog results, my chip time for the 5K race was 31:46.01 and the gun time was 32:33.80. I placed 576/1027 among men and 54/101 in my division (men 40-44) [Of course the ranking is based on gun time.]

I don’t know what the cool kids do about keeping a record of their race times, but I have started a spreadsheet with my race results.

I have another 5K race coming in a week!

Skiing

I took Michelle skiing for the first time in late January. Living in the South, the closest somewhat decent option was in West Virginia. So we drove 7 hours to Winterplace.

Despite the warm weather, the conditions were decent enough. We had a lot of fun. Michelle loved it and is a better skier than I am now.

Here are some photographs from my iPhone.

I didn’t take many pictures as I was trying to stay on my skis.