November 30, 2013

Marathon Goal & Touristy Long Run

I've been feeling good about my training and I'm confident about my sub-4:00 goal.  I've been steadily getting faster and my runs have been feeling better and better.  I'm really looking forward to this race.  I was in London on business during what would be one of my last long runs.  I was scheduled to do 16-18 miles.  I decided that I would combine sight-seeing and my long run.

I got up early, mapped my route and off I went.  Best way to explore a city and prepare for an upcoming marathon is definitely a long run. My route this morning took me by The Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Harrods Department Store, Imperial College (where I worked last time I was in London), Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Parliament, Globe Theatre, London Eye, London Bridge, Millennium Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Awesome run, even though a bit cold.  Of course, I had to pause to take some photographs.

November 3, 2013

Formula Run

I just completed a 5K called Formula Run.  It took place at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack, where the Formula 1 US Grand Prix is held.  I was really excited about this race since I've seen auto racing here and really wanted to run on the track. Also, with all my training that I've been doing I wanted to see how well I could do in a 5K race.  Outside of triathlon, it's been a really long time since I raced a 5K.

It was a great race and had a good turn out.  It was one lap around the track so it actually was a 5.4K.  My time was  25:07 and I finished 8th in my age group!