Pete Tanguay

3 days – 3 different runs

by on Feb.12, 2012, under Training Runs

It’s been a good running weekend.  I had a massage on Friday afternoon that really loosened up my leg to the point I had a lot more flexibility and less pain.  That’s a good thing because I had a 5k race on Saturday and my last long run planned before the Little Rock marathon on Sunday.  I’ll run some this week and then do a half marathon race this weekend in Texarkana.  Then it’s taper time.

After last weeks blow up at the River Trail 15k, I was excited to redeem myself at the 5k.  It was not going to be a long race so I just needed to be more ready for it and go out and run it.

At the River Trail 15k, I went out unprepared, over confident thinking that I just did a 1:43 half marathon and this would be just like that, only it would end 4 miles earlier.  So all of those thoughts I had at mile 7 and 8 in the half marathon (Houston) would be no big deal as the race was about to be over.  I didn’t prepare well the night before and showed up unready for the race.  Basically it turned from a half marathon that ended early to a 10k that would never end.  I got to a point after the turn (mile 5) that I wanted to go faster but couldn’t.  I can’t remember wanting a race to end more than this one in a long time.

I went out yesterday with more respect for the race and knowing that it would be shorter I set out to run a strong first mile and hold it to the end.  In mile 2 and 3 I would pick people ahead of me and try to pick them off.  I felt somewhat redeemed and am happy with my race.  It is about 20 seconds slower than I ran 3 years ago on the same course but then again, I’m three years older.  I’m not in my best running shape so this distance should improve this year.  It was 22 degrees to start with a cold wind but the course was a beautiful nature trail.

Today was my last (or should I say my first) long run before the Little Rock marathon in 3 weeks.  I have not done a long training run since the Memphis Marathon in December (I guess that would be considered a long run) and only did one 15 miler before that race.  I did race the Houston half marathon in January.  I felt I needed a long run before Little Rock for confidence if nothing else.  The goal was distance, not pace.  We went out to run a 9-9:30 pace and I stayed with the group until about mile 15-16.  At mile 17 I did some run/walk.  I did not want to push anything.  Rather, I wanted to enjoy myself and finish the distance, which I did.  We ran the last 20 miles of the LR Marathon course with a little detour when we got off course which made it 21.5 miles.  I did this last year and it really helped.

Best part of running is the awesome people I get to run with.  I enjoyed running with Don, Jen, Laura and Melissa today.  These and all my other running friends ROCK!

Life has been busy and I’m hanging on to my running to stay in shape and reach some goals, but it’s been a bit tough.  I’ve also decided to get back into tennis and have been running less but doing faster runs.  After Little Rock I’m going to work on my speed a bit doing a series of shorter races (10k or less) and then in June it will be time to start training for the 2012 Chicago Marathon.  Life is good and certainly full.

1 comment for this entry:
  1. Dad

    Good prep and training. Wishing you the best on your upcoming Marathon. Many of your “running/training” comments are similar to Bannister’s observations about running. I’m enjoying the book but always enjoy reading your blogs, too. Good luck and “…keep pickin’ ’em up and layin’ ’em down with focus, form, and fun!

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