That Dr. Frank Sierra did the weekend back-to-back. 21 miles on Saturday at Croom, and then a good 14 at Alafia State Park, where he did the 1/2 Marathon on a tough course, finishing just a couple of minutes behind me. He's getting in Ultra shape.
It's weird how that happens. It still intimidates me to look at going long two days in a row. Yet, I usually feel at least as good, and many times better on the second day of the two. I'll admit that a 1/2 marathon isn't that long in distance to me, (hey, gotta understand where I'm looking to go, yes, it is a long way and anyone doing it is to be proud) but the effort of a 1/2 marathon race is big.
Let me just put it this way, Dr. Frank asked me, "Can you just go out and use this for a training run without racing it?"
My, answer then, "I'll let you know."
My answer now, "Er, a, No."
I started slowly, put myself in the back of the pack. Then I was driving myself batty wondering when I could pass these wuzzy folks who were walking down the slippery (see quotables,) muddy, rooty, downhills. After about 3 miles I had my chance to pass, and I took it, zipping around. Then I didn't necessarily run that fast, but nor did I let up, and ala race mode, I didn't let anyone pass me (though 1 dude did, he was lightening and had started the race late.) So, my time wasn't great, but it was a race effort.
And I know it was a substantial effort for Frank, and I can see that he is getting ready for his 50-mile ultra in March. He'll do well, and I hope I do too. We're working at and that's a fact!