Shelly did really well and set a PR of 1:31:18. She’s recovering nicely from the thyroidectomy a few weeks ago. Her form is smooth as silk… I love watching her finish. Everyone around her looks as if they are passing a kidney stone while walking on a cheese grater, while she’s effortlessly floating to the finish.
The Seaway 15K went well. Finish time was 1:04:58 (36th out of about 340ish.) Lynette, you’re the book winner! Email a mailing address to robillardj “at” gmail “dot” com ASAP.
The race started very well. I was on pace to easily break my PR of 1:03 and some change. I was very close to my 5K PR for the first third of this race. Things were going well until about mile 5 or six. I could feel four separate hotspots forming on my feet. Since this race is close to Burning River, I could not afford major blistering. Since I was obviously outrunning my form, I had to slow down. The change from 6:30-6:45 pace to 7:15-7:30 essentially doomed my hopes of a PR. This turned out to be a wise move, as I only developed one small blister on my big toe.
This may be the first race I’ve run where I think my time could have been significantly better had I worn Vibrams. Based on how I felt at mid-race, it could have been a sub-60 minute finish. It pains me to say that.
In other news, Ken Bob Saxton is in town and preparing for a workshop this afternoon. It’s very exciting to finally meet him… he was my major influence when I began barefoot running. I’m extremely excited to attend the workshop just to pick up some teaching tips. Pictures will be forthcoming!
Lastly, the Western States 100 Mile Endurance is being run right now! This is one of my dream races. I know a few people running this year, including Roger Bonga, a local ultrarunner, and Leif Rutvold, a fellow minimalist ultrarunner. Lief is running in Vibrams. It may be difficult sleeping tonight as I obsessively watch the text-based webcast. If only it were televised…