So the official results for Sunday’s race were in line with my watch and I did wind up with a 31:56. I looked back through my other 4-milers…and wouldn’t you know it, earlier this year at the Niketown Run for the Parks I ran 31:57 on the exact same course. But even more interesting…look at a mile-by-mile comparison between the 2 races:
|Mile||Niketown ’05||Race to Deliver ’05|
Pretty damn close, huh? But the encouraging thing was that Niketown was run on 30-mile weeks, the day after a 10-mile run, and I was really fighting bad calf cramps during the race. The Race to Deliver was run on half the mileage (and my “long” run only being 6 miles, as opposed to 10-12)…meaning if I can get back to 30-mile weeks and stay healthy while doing so, I have a good shot at reclaiming my previous times.
But as mile 3 shows in both, I really struggle hard on those West Side Hills. Except for one time, that mile is usually over 8 minutes. (I do better on the 4-mile course that starts at 102nd and that Cat Hill is mile 3…even ran a negative split on that course once.) I think hill repeats-especially Cat Hill and the West Side Hills-benefitted me more than intervals…eventually it may be time to revisit that. Time will tell.