29 March 2008

1:28:40*

* At first glance, that's a PR in the Half Marathon, folks. But you have to take into account, once again, Wisconsin winters. Have I mentioned this before?

Because of still-yet-to-melt snow, the original route for the Dick Lytie Half Marathon had to be altered, which ended up shortening it a bit. According to the runners with Garmins, it was anywhere from 12.7 to 12.9, but according to Map My Run, it was 12.9, so that's what I'm going with. That equals a 6:52 pace with an AvgHR of 162, so I'll take it.

I also had the priviledge of running the first 7 miles with ultra running legend Roy Pirrung--just Google his name, and you can see "legend" isn't an understatement, not to mention Hall of Famer. It was a blast just to pick his brain about different events (WS100, 24-hour events, BOSTON, the upcoming 100K Championships, which he'll be competing at in 2 weeks) and enjoy what actually turned out to be a beautiful day. He's also running Boston in a couple weeks, and that will be his 800th event! Oh yeah, and he's never DNF'd.

I probably could have pushed the first 7 miles a little faster (I ran 49:32 through 7) but couldn't pass up the conversation and company. Today's run put me over 50 miles for the week, which is definitely a new high. Woo Hoo!

7 comments:

aharmer said...

Great work today my friend! And running with Roy for over half the race?? That's worth the entry fee itself! If your damn state ever thaws out you'll hit some great times this year. BTW, are you going to watch the Madcity 100k? We have a local guy (Kurt from my blog list) going, sounds like a great event.

aharmer said...

If you don't mind could you send me email updates on the Madcity? I'll be able to pick them up on my handheld after my race. Thanks!

Doug said...

Wow, I read up on Roy Pirrung and legend is completely appropriate to describe him, I don't blame you for enjoying his company for the majority of the race!

Still a pretty sweet time, regardless of if it was a block or two short. Nice goin'!

Triseverance said...

Great race, very speedy! Looks like you are ready for a very solid race season. I know nothing of Roy Pirrung but I will google him.

Nitmos said...

Great race. Will you count it as an offical PR? If the race counts it as such (official distance), I see no reason you shouldn't either.

Nice job.

Jess said...

Awesome job, despite the possiblely shorter distance.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Nice running and what a cool opportunity.