Police Appreciation 10k
2m easy + (6 x 1200’s @ tempo pace w/ .25m rest) + 2m easy= 10 miles
1200’s= since I did this workout on the treadmill, I did all the tempos @ 6:50 pace
After last week’s speed work and the strain it put on my hamstrings, I a) wanted to do more speed work because I’m obsessed and love it, and b) wanted to be careful not to push it too hard. SO since we weren’t home in the AM to run outside, I stuck to the tready. This turned out to be good, as my pace wasn’t all over the place putting extra stress on my hammies. I was only going to do 4, but felt good and added the additional 2 last minute. I told you, I love being out of breath and exhausted at the end of a run 🙂
This morning we woke up bright and early to drive to St. Pete for the 3rd Annual Partners for Life Police Appreciation run. This race was started by Lorraine Yaslowitz to remember her husband Jeff and his fellow police officers, Tom and Dave, who were killed on duty three years ago. Jeff and Lorraine ran together and competed in local races often, so this is the perfect way to remember her husband. You can read about his story HERE.
What’s awesome about this race is that ALL of the proceeds, after direct expenses from the race, are given to the Partners for Life Foundation, Inc. created by Lorraine to support families who lose innocent loved ones due to senseless acts of violence.
I didn’t race today, but played the role of the supportive wife 🙂 The start got off right on time, 7am. This is great for a Florida race in May, as the heat creeps up fast. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely wasn’t PR weather, but it could have been MUCH worse. I think the temp this morning when we left the house at 5:45 was 70 degrees. I was able to get a close up of Todd in the beginning…
I was cheering for him and glad to see a smile on his face! I wore my Boston jacket, as it was windy and chilly for me since I wasn’t running. Shortly after the start I was approached by a man asking how I did in Boston. Of course I was more than happy to tell him and talk running. He introduced himself as Joe Burgasser. Let me tell, you, this man is a legend in our parts! He has run 83 marathons under 3 hours up until he was 65! But as he puts it, “In all honesty, I couldn’t really tell you how many marathons I have run, but that is not really important. The question is how many fast marathons have I run.” (source HERE.) Now that is a man after my own heart. He created a track club called The Forerunners back in 1982 and it is still going strong. I was more than honored to chat with him and even shared with him my ultimate goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials!
Before I knew it, I saw Todd on the horizon…
He finished in 40:38, a 6:33 pace. He was really hoping to get under 40 minutes and I think he would have had the weather been cooler. I was proud of him, that’s for sure 🙂 and I was super excited to tell him about meeting Joe! You can read more about him HERE. Todd said that I should contact him about coaching and discussing my immediate as well as future goals. I think I’ll take my current coach’s (Todd, lol) advice and do just that. Nothing excites me more than working hard towards a goal!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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