Castle Hills Running Club – for one day at least

On Sunday I ran with my running club (and I mean that.....I started the club  over 2 years ago) and it was great to be re-united with old friends and see a new face.  It has been a few months since I have run with them b/c my training has me riding or swimming and trying to fit it all in and somedays running is not on the schedule for Tuesday or Thursday, and not every run on the weekend is conducive to the running club.

Our running club is a loose social networks of neighbors that enjoys the benefits of running and not necessarily doing it for racing but it is a great way to get out with friends and make those grueling miles go by fast.

Sunday I was scheduled to do 10 miles and Adam posted on Facebook for Castle Hills people looking to run 6 miles to join.  I went out with them and ran my 6 and figured they would stop but Adam and Karen are great friends who stayed with me to mile 8 and then I was on my own.  I met Adam and Karen on our first run out here about January of February of 2008, and I have been running with them ever since.  They even came to San Antonio to root me on during my marathon run, and they have shown up at other events as well to give me a cheering section.  It is great to have them as friends who know how to cheer, and Adam is great at motivating me to keep my training going.  Good friends don't fall out of the sky, but these two kind of did.

Today (August 3rd) rolls around and I see that I have a negative split run to do for 45 minutes.  For those that don't know a negative split is one where you go out on a course in a certain time and you come back in a shorter amount of time.

Since I knew that the typical route on Tues/Thurs is about 4.8 miles and takes about 45 minutes I figured I would join the crowd and let them know that I was doing a negative split (actually only told Adam.)  My first out had to be in Z1 and Z2 and then come back in Z3 and Z4.

The out was done in about 22 minutes and the back in 20 minutes and the entire time Adam and I talked.  I wouldn't say it was conversational pace but it was a pace that we could actually speak somewhat clearly.  We wound up running a 9:01min/mile and our splits were perfect.  Out in 9:17 and 9:27, then the 3rd mile  was at 8:55 (1/2 of that mile was on the out and 1/2 on the in) then on the way in the pace was at 8:43 and 8:34.  I felt like I could run like that all day and while not down to the 7:49 pace I was at during the Disco Triathlon (Disco Triathlon 2010) it was still a very good pace.

My eating habits were in today as well.  Before the run 2 slices of whole wheat toast and 1/2 cup of coffee.  Following the run I had a bowl of grape nuts with 1/2 cup of whole milk and banana, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.  I don't feel very hungry but slightly hungry and will have my snack in about and hour and that will just be an apple, which will tide me over to lunch.

I had a very positive mind-set yesterday and while nothing happened on the job front in terms of getting call backs it was a good day, but after riding the bike on the trainer yesterday and my run this morning coupled with the fact that my nutrition has been better two days in a row I am going to declare that today is going to be better then yesterday.

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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