25 December 2015

wrapping up the last few months of races

It has been a while since I posted and since then I have knocked out a few races.

In September, I raced two duathlons (5K run, 20K bike, 5K run) as part of the Kokopelli Triathlon at Sand Hollow State Park, UT and the Las Vegas Triathlon at Lake Mead NRA, NV.  I struggled running the second 5K in both of these due to ongoing plantar issues and as a result, my times weren't great.

In October, I entered my first obstacle course, the Terrain Mud Run (Boulder City, NV), and ran the Danny Gans Memorial 5K (Las Vegas, NV) with my son to finish off his freshman year of high school cross country.  The OCR did not go well. My wife was running it with me and as we went over the first wall, her knee bent in the wrong direction with an accompanying pop as she tore her ACL.  Yep, it definitely did not go well as we left the race area immediately after that for a trip to the ER.  On the other hand, the 5K was fun to run since my son's cross country team and a fair number of team parents were running it. I finished third of seven in my age group and 49th of 176 in that one but couldn't quite catch my son after his fast start.

In November, I ran my final race of the year.  It was the Snow Canyon Half Marathon in St George, UT and was a large race with 1,595 finishers.  The weather was good and the course was scenic. I felt really good in this one but suffered a bit over the final 5K due to the limited running I had been doing while rehabbing the foot.  Overall, I finished with a solid 2:04:16 but really want to go back there next year to see what I can do on that course while injury free.

The foot is finally starting to feel OK and I am starting to get in some longer training runs.

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