Feb 2, 2007
Another thing that I found out from talking to other runners is the advantage of the technical shirts and socks vs. cotton. Your skin does breath better and also does not hold the moisture in the fabric. I was amazed at the difference. I know for a lot of experienced runners this is old news, but for me it was a revelation.
I started my training program with Fleet Feet the second week in January. The first Saturday morning run from the store was my first with the group. We ran to Cherrokee Park and back for
about a 2 mile run. It was not really a bad day for January, mid to upper 40's. So the run wasn't really that bad. I felt pretty energized about the run. So much so That I decided to do the Snowman Shuffle the next week.
My friend John and myself decided to run in the race. Waking up as early as I do during the week to go to work, I headed out to the race. It was in the mid-20's. We were asking ourselves, "Is this sane?" My past two races in October were under better conditions. AThen the race began. This was the first time, any hills were in my runs. I was felling pretty good most of the race. I was doing a pretty good pace. I started to slow down going up the first hill, but I did it just fine. It was until the last hill going back up to Hogan's Fountain, we I had to walk for about a minute. Then I shaw the gazebo at the top of the hill, and I pushed myself up the hill. Finished the race in 37:07, 239th place. I was very pleased with that time. I was aiming for somewhere between 40 and 45 minutes. So exceeded my own expectations. After the race the conclusion between my friend and myself that this was totally worth it.
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