Archive for March, 2006

2006 E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

I ran the 29th Annual E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon on March 5, 2006. My finish time was 1:33:16, which is a pace of 7:08. The course is quite hilly and there was a lot of wind that morning. I especially remember the wind during mile 10. I improved over last year’s time by about 12 minutes — I finished in 1:45:33 last year, which is a pace of 8:04. I had done some karate training that morning and during some sparring, I jammed my right foot pretty good on my opponent’s block to my front kick. It’s been a bit funny for almost four weeks since then. I ran the race about an hour after jamming it, but didn’t notice anything during the run. It was after I crossed the finish line and started walking that I noticed a problem with my foot. Maybe I should just run all the time now — no more walking.

2006 Bordentown St. Paddy’s Day Race

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

I finished 26th place in the 2006 Bordentown St. Paddy’s Day race. This is an annual 5 kilometer run (5K) and I’ve done it twice now. My time was 20:25 which is a pace of 6:34. This is an improvement over my last St. Paddy’s day race — 22:01 — a pace of 7:09. I was hoping for a sub-twenty minute finish time, but a serious cramp slowed me down a bit. I ran my first mile in about six minutes, which may have been about 10 seconds too fast. I ran through the pain from the cramp over the next two miles, trying to ignore it. I like to think it didn’t affect my time, but in reality I believe it did. I also remember my shoe came untied at mile two, but I didn’t stop to tie it because I didn’t want to lose any more time than I already had.