Monday, March 23, 2009


I doubt there is another race around that I am more loyal to than the St. Patty’s Day Human Race in St. Paul. For me, it’s usually the first race of the spring and everyone is buzzing after not racing for 4-5 months. Looking back, I see that I’ve run this race 10 times in the last 12 years;

Race History Date Time Pace
Human Race 8k 3/16/1997 32:14 6:29
Human Race 8k 3/28/1999 34:19 6:54
Human Race 8k 3/19/2000 30:09 6:04
Human Race 8k 3/18/2001 29:52 6:01
Human Race 8k 3/24/2002 29:20 5:54
Human Race 8k 3/21/2004 30:44 6:11
Human Race 8k 3/20/2005 29:56 6:01 – 116th
Human Race 8k 3/19/2006 29:15 5:53 – 110th
Human Race 8k 3/18/2007 29:33 5:57 – 104th
Human Race 8k 3/16/2008 30:02 6:02 – 108th
Human Race 8k 3/22/2009 31:43 6:23 – 162nd
If it’s a slow Monday and you’re really bored, you can even go back and read my race reports from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Or just keep reading for a recap of yesterday’s race.

I guess the big question going in to the race was; how is skiing going to affect my running? Just looking at the averages from 2004 – 2008, it looks like it “cost” me roughly 1:30 – 2:00 and about 50 places. Now the big question becomes; how does the rest of 2009 turn out? Normally, Human Race is one of best races of the year – often my times don’t improve much between now and September. This is the year to change all that. Hopefully, skiing has left me fresh, recharged and ready to attack the 2009 racing calendar.

As for blow-by-blow details, we had great weather - probably 50 degrees. There was some wind, but it was during the first half when we had more people to tuck behind. Then there was a nice tailwind during the second half of the race. As usual, my splits were very even with my first mile being my slowest and my last “mile” being my fastest; 6:31, 6:22, 6:21, 6:30 and 5:58. If I had to guess, I’d say mile 4 was a little long because it didn’t feel like I slowed down at all. And the last .96 might have been a little short because it didn’t feel like I sped up that much.

Training-wise, I’ve put together back-to-back 45 mile weeks, added hills and strides. And the long (7 mile) cool down – which I bitched about the whole time – gave me my longest day (14 miles) since TCM. It also means I’ve run 59 miles in the last 7 day. Now I just need A LOT more of that.

If you’re interested in the full results, you can check them out HERE.

Quote of the Day;

“People always blame the shoes, but a lot of time it's the training." - Kevin Paulk


Jean said...

Was Sunday a nice day or what, Chad? That was the warmest Human Race I have ever been at. I really enjoy that race.

Best wishes to you this season!

Chad said...

Yeah I can't remember the last time I didn't have to wear a long sleeve shirt at least from the gym to the starting line.

Hope you have a great season too.