After a sluggish, sleepy week in which almost no running occurred, I felt the need to spice things up. The corporate challenge track meet was postponed because of the earlier start time of the IU football game, so I filled the void with this nice little 5K. It's an inaugural, and well-run. I enjoyed the course and the weather was perfect, though sunny; I was glad I remembered sunglasses. My only complaint was the lack of traffic control. There were cops directing traffic at major intersections, but they weren't exactly overzealous in their exertions. I was forced to stop completely before crossing College on 10th Street, and I heard that that Jessica Gall, the women's winner, had to stop and actually wait, adding 17 seconds to her time! There was a huge gap in front of me at the end and I couldn't see exactly where to go, so my last tenth was somewhat hesitant (though of course this is not their fault). I call it a keeper, though. I'm sure things will improve. Downtown Bloomington and the IU campus are both charming places to run, and I'm glad to race here whenever I can.
My time was 23:31. I was hoping for faster, but I was pleased nonetheless with how even the splits were (7:29, 7:40, 7:35). The last mile had the only real hill on the course (up 10th Street, nothing to sneeze at). I passed two people going up. I think if I'd been sure of the last half mile and had not had to stop it would have been more like 23:15 or so. So it's getting down there, bit by bit. I'm going to run the Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 5K as part of my company's team (and of course it's for a great cause), so we'll see what happens, perhaps, if I try going out a bit faster. That will be my last hard run before the marathon.
Last night I went to do my last 20-miler, but underestimated how soon it gets dark. By 10 miles it was almost completely dark. I cut it off at 11.2, not wanting to do that much in the dark (not to mention it was actually getting rather cold). I had figured on having another hour or so of light, but the days shorten fast in September. I should have known, and gone earlier. I suppose I could have finished up by running up and down Basswood or even on the treadmill at the SportsPlex, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do so. I'm not sure what to do. I still feel like I need that last 20-miler, especially the lackluster training of the past two weeks. I might have to suck it up and do a large portion of it on the treadmill during the week, or leave it until next weekend and only give myself two weeks of taper before the marathon.
Ack, ack, ack.