I'm meeting more runners on the Bugline lately. I've chatted with a few and they are running Lakefront. It was rainy today and I got a late start at 9am. It wasn't going to clear up so I got going. I must have saw a good 20+ runners today and zero bikes. I am usually out at 6-7am so it appears most people get a later start. Plus we were out for a retirement dinner last night and I slept in a bit. You like Junior Mints? Man I went comanche on 2-4 ounce boxes before bed. Nothing like a good sugar coma to put you out.
I have 15 more training days and then the 3 week taper. I'm really considering running Al's Run 8k. It would come 6 days after my 30k MP run. I always liked a good barn burner to get the racing vibes going. Not sure I could break 32:00, but that would be my goal. I'm not feeling particularly fast, but fairly fit. I have not been watching the weight, but I did check in yesterday at 170 even which is good. If I could get around 168 that would work. Then with the taper I would probably get up around 172. That was good enough at Lakefront 15 years ago, so it should be now.
8/24 - OFF
8/25 - 6.0 (9:21) easy
8/26 - 8.0 (9:02) easy
8/27 - 10.0 (7:50) moderate
8/28 - 10.5 w/ 5 x 1 mile (6:42, 6:28, 6:30, 6:32, 6:31)
8/29 - 10.5 (7:37) moderate
Lakefront has expanded to a field of 3,500 for the 35th anniversary. I looked at the top 5 for the 50-54 age group last year and the times were 2:58:38, 2:58:50, 3:03:37, 3:07:19, 3:13:17. On a very good day I might be that 3:07:19 guy. The time for the 100th finisher was 3:12:20. Okay...so I'm in here looking at results the stats for 2013 top 5 were 2:54:10, 2:59:08, 3:04:11, 3:14:47, 3:19:03 and the 100th finisher was 3:12:08. My friend Rick (2-time overall champ) was 3rd both years in the age group. Looks like some pretty solid runners show up. As I will be 55 next year I'm sure the same routine might be tried again. I'm on my way to get a Cousin's Roast Beef & Cheddar Sub. Big guys in two's little guys in bunches!