Friday, November 24, 2006

Better than expected

21:05 for 4 miles yesterday at the Gobble, Gobble, Gobble in soaking wet Somerville - good enough for 4th place - in my first race back since suffering the stress fracture in early July. This was a whole minute better than I thought I was capable of running at this stage of the game, so I was very pleasantly surprised with how it all turned out. The mediocre time might reflect otherwise, but this is easily the best race I've run in two years. Trust me on that one.

Splits were 5:21, 5:25 and 10:20 (missed 3-mile marker) for the last two. A definite step in the right direction, but it's just that, a step. I've gotta be careful not to get too excited and skip any this time. One at a time, one at a time...

In greater news, congrats to Rich & Jess, my bosses at PR Running, on the birth of their first child, Nathaniel. Lil guy came into the world this morning at 4:44, a month earlier than expected, but happy and healthy nonetheless. He checked in at 18-1/2 inches and just under 6 pounds. He and momma Allen are doing well and Big Poppa Rich is one excited dude, and rightfully so. After enjoying the rest of his holiday weekend, Baby Nate will be working the floor on Monday as our infant fitting specialist, giving us a much-needed extra hand heading into Christmas season.

That'll do it for a few days, likely. Take it easy fellow bloggers, lurkers and the like.
Quote of the day:

The flame might be low, but the fire's not out.


Gwyth said...

nice QOTD Mario :)

Jennifer said...

Hey, great race! I ran the Gobble as well...not nearly as fast, of course, but still ran a good time for me in terms of my training of late. I actually love the cold weather for racing, so that probably helped too. Love your quote of the day...I feel like that especially applies to me after Thursday...I "thought" I was a goner...but I am OK I guess. Surprised myself on my 24 miles per week. Old, but OK, and $100 richer for being old! Onward and Upward!

corrado giambalvo said...

to elaborate:

"The flame is low..., and steady, and lasting... and the temperature? The temperature is hot, very hot... especially at the core... -- Would it be difficult to put it out? -- Very difficult. It would be VERY difficult... the San Francisco Fire Department would find it difficult... to put it out...the flame..."