Posted by Tera Moody | October 27, 2009 | Comments Off
Today has been a great day! I was up super early this morning (shocker) and finished reading Lorraine Moller’s book.
Lorraine is a very accomplished marathon runner from New Zealand and won a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics. I really enjoyed her writing style and the detail she gave in regard to some of her thoughts on her running and racing.
After a few hours of reading it was time to get going. I was a participant in the racing with the stars 5k event. The road race had local athletes pace event directors who were in town for a conference. Alan Culpepper starting it off with the 17 min group, but I don’t think he had too many takers. I don’t think Mark Plaatjes had many in the 18 group either. From there each minute was covered and Amy Manson and I were the 25 min group leaders. Amy is one of my favorite people and she has helped me so much with my running so I was really happy to be with her. We led a small group of women and it was fun to help motivate them along to their goal.
A lot of people asked me if it would be hard to run that pace since it’s pretty far off my pr. But after two weeks off I had no problem. I tend to run my easy runs very relaxed anyway so it wasn’t that much slower than normal for me. I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is running too fast on easy days and not recovering (especially at altitude).
After the race I got to meet and speak with Lorraine who was also a pace leader! She was very nice and we chatted about marathon training and racing and I even had her sign my book (I’m a geek I know).
I also met several other athletes, event directors, and other conference attendees. I sat in on some of the lectures and learned quite a bit. But my brain is still a little on overdrive from spending Wednesday through Friday at an altitude training symposium.
I am supposed to start running tomorrow but I guess I cheated and ran today so I could be part of it. It was hard to take time off but I know my body needed the rest and it was a great opportunity to catch up on work, spend time with friends and family, and attend these seminars. I’m excited to start up again but going to keep it light for awhile.