Results are up for the Saguaro 8-mile race I ran yesterday. Temperatures were low, but the humidity was stifling; so much so that we were actually running through a misty fog at the course's lowest points. This is the hilliest race I've ever done, and while it's a ton of fun it's also a real leg-breaker.
I managed to knock 44 seconds off my PR, which was set last year during my run-up to Twin Cities. As I've gotten into the second half of my 30's (I'm 37 now), the PR's haven't come nearly as quickly or as often, so I enjoy bagging one when I can.
I collected splits, but decided beforehand to just run as hard as I could without checking on my progress over the miles. I could definitely feel the boost some of the turnover workouts have given me during the early downhill portions, but when the road finally tilted down during the last few miles I just didn't have the strength or energy left to really take advantage. I'm hoping the next month of training will take care of that to some degree, as it felt like I was really moving in slow motion towards the end.
This morning was an easy 12, and during the run I could feel some of the muscle damage from the race. This one will take a few days to clear from the system, so I'm spending the first part of the week just running easy.
12 miles, 1h24m, 7:03 pace
Sleep: 7h 7/10
Legs: 5/10 Didn't expect any better
Weather: 72 degrees, 66 dew-point
11 miles, w/8 mile race in 46:43, 5:50 pace, 6th place
5:14, 5:22, 5:36, 6:08, 6:41, 5:50, 5:55, 5:53
Sleep: 7h 7/10
Weather: 74 degrees, 66 dew-point