Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Columbus Distance Classic

Formerly known as the Capital City Half. This race, hosted by John "The Penguin" Bingham Racing, is a big event. It attracts around 4000 participants and has a half marathon, 5K, and kids fun run mascot chase.

This was my first race of 2006 and I kind of wanted to test myself to see how the training was working. But, with my back and hip hurting I thought racing may not be such a good idea. I met up with Helen at the start of the race and Andrea joined us before then end of the first mile. The three of us ran together the whole race (until the end when they both out-sprinted me because I thought I was going to toss my cookies). We eased into the first couple of miles and then started getting faster. Here are my splits:

Mile 1: 8:49
Mile 2: 8:10
Mile 3: 8:09
Mile 4: 8:02
Mile 5: 8:04
Mile 6: 7:47
Mile 7: 7:43
Mile 8: 7:38
Mile 9: 7:53
Mile 10: 7:43
Mile 11: 7:35
Mile 12: 7:47
Mile 13.1: 8:23

My overall time was 1:43:58. I'm somewhat okay with that. I guess I wish I had tried a little harder, but I also think with a good time and a good race that I'm satisfied. I had fun and that's all that's really important.

By the way...check out the sidebar. Our new photo journal is up. We only have the main page, but more is in the development. Check it out and let me know what you think.


jessie_tri_mn said...

Nice splits on the half, a sub 1:44 is a great way to start the season!

Michelle said...

fun picture! have you put your photography business on hold for now, or are you still working on that?

Meredith said...

Actually, I think I don't know what I want to do about the photography. I want my photography to be seen and then if people are interested in it, then arrangements can be made. But for now, I'm not actively pursuing it. I did get asked today, though, to take photos for a wedding, but I'll be at a race during their wedding. Bummer!

John said...

Nice Job on the runs! Like your blog.

jeff said...

sounds like a decent effort, m. good job on the slow start and easy progression to a faster pace.

i really wanted to comment on all of your q&a posts lately, but i've been way behind on my blog reading. but the list posts really DID get me thinking. thanks for that.

Val said...

I love the picture of you on the photo journal. Don't set aside the photography. You're too good at it & I don't want to see you lose it cuz you don't use it. Keep practicing! Maybe you could do some kid pictures for us, too... kick that idea around, okay? =) Happy almost birthday!!