First an update on the recovery/training. I feel VERY good. Yesterday I met Chuck on the aqueduct for an easy five. I think it took us about 42 minutes. Today I met Chuck and Lauren for 10. The first five took 41:34 (8:19 pace) and the second five took exactly 40 minutes (8:00 pace).
Usually, after a marathon I am in great shape and so I go and try to set some new PRs! Looking at my existing PRs, I believe the two that would be the easiest to get are the 10K and the marathon. If you look at the table below, I have used McMillan Running and Running Times race calculators to compare my PRs at each distance with their equivalent times at other distances. For example, my 5k pr is 19:53. The first row in the McMillan section shows that the equivalent 10K would be 41:18, the 10 mile is 1:09:21, etc.
|equivelent time based on||5K||10K||10 mile||Half||Full|
|5K – 19:53||19:53||41:18||1:09:21||1:31:55||3:13:50|
|10K – 41:28||19:58||41:28||1:09:30||1:32:16||3:14:36|
|10Mile – 1:08:14||19:36||40:43||1:08:14||1:30:37||3:11:07|
|half – 1:31:27||19:47||41:06||1:08:52||1:31:27||3:12:52|
|equivelent time based on|
|5K – 19:53||19:53||41:16||1:08:24||1:31:09||3:13:44|
|10K – 41:28||19:54||41:28||1:08:42||1:31:34||3:14:37|
|10Mile – 1:08:14||19:45||41:10||1:08:14||1:30:55||3:11:07|
|half – 1:31:27||19:52||41:24||1:08:37||1:31:27||3:14:21|
Another way to compare is to use the race times to calculate Vdot (oxygen uptake capability) or an age graded calculator:
So I hit the computer race calendars in search of a fast 10K and a fast marathon (or half) in May and June. In May there is one of those very small marathon/half options called Marathon Mania on May 12. This is on the Long Beach bike path. The marathon would be 2 1/2 out and backs. Aid stations are limited. On May 19 there is a promising looking 10K in Fillmore. And of course, I have been considering the Ojai to Ocean Full or Half marathon for quite some time on June 3rd. I have friends going to the Fontana Half, so that would be a consideration as well.
As I reviewed the races, however, I found that the Fontana Half and the Ojai2Ocean half are both sold out! The O2O Full is at 98% capacity. Realizing that there are no other reasonable alternatives for a half or full until the fall (well except maybe San Diego RR in June and San Francisco in July), I sent in my entry. I am registered for the Ojai 2 Ocean marathon on June 3rd. I am excited, I have ridden this course by bicycle a couple of times and it should be cool, fun and FAST!
I am still looking for other events. On May 26 there is a Low Tide 4 miler in Long Beach. I have done this before and it was fun. It is on the beach!
So, I guess 5 days without a marathon to train for was long enough….