Thursday, November 22, 2012

2012 Run to Feed the Hungry

For the eighth time in the last nine years [2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2004], Sharon, Jack and I ran the Run to Feed the Hungry. We entered in 2007, but I was feeling under the weather and we decided not to run before heading to San Francisco for Thanksgiving.

I mentioned recently that I got a shock in Italy while we were hiking with a sudden realization of how big and strong Jack has gotten. Last year, Jack and I ran the first five miles together and then he smoked me the last mile plus. This year, I knew I was in trouble from the start. He and I ran surprisingly unimpeded for the first mile. Looking over at him, I realized that he was just loping along. Just as we approached the first mile, Jack picked up the pace and left me behind.

Jack ran the race in 50:41 for a pace of 8:10. Jack's pace for the first 5k was 8:04. He said afterwards that his hip was bothering him a little.

My time was 53:50 for an average pace of 8:40. My 5k pace was 8:34. I slowed down in the third mile and then ran increasingly faster splits for the last three miles [4-8:54; 5-8:51; 6-8:37]. I have had a sore back, but it didn't seem to brother me during the run.

Sharon's time was 1:01:53 for an average pace of 9:58.

After last year's rain, the weather for this year was perfect.

We parked along University Avenue on the east of the American River. Although we had a longer walk to the car, once we got to the car, we had no traffic. Last year, we spent an hour trying to get out of the parking lot.

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