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April 29, 2014 - Ron Deuter
It seems like the Norway Spring Classic gets bigger every year, and this year was no exception with a record-setting number of entries.
Congrats to race director Tony Adams for another great job. And thank to all the volunteers who make the event go without a hitch.
I knew I was running the Classic, but I was debating whether to run the 5K again or attempt the 10K for the first time.
I drove around the race route a few days ahead of time to make a final decision. Some of the hills on the 10K looked rather challenging, but I decided to give it a try.
I ran/jogged a lot last summer, slowly building my milage on long runs to around 10 miles. But I ate like crap and wasn’t losing much weight. Being heavier made my pace terrible on long runs. On the couple of 10-mile runs I went on last year, I was well over 10 minutes per mile — closer to 11 minutes. I needed to lose weight.
Over the winter, I hit the cardio machines at the gym just about everyday. I lost about 30 pounds since January. When I started running again about a month ago, I was much faster with my mile time dropping to less than nine minutes.
I put in about three weeks of outdoor running to get ready for the Classic. In deciding on the 10K, I set a goal of finishing without walking any of the hills and trying to maintain a nine-minute mile pace.
The 10K proved very challenging but I was able to accomplish both goals. I ran all the hills and I averaged about 8:45 per mile, finishing the run in 54:28.
I guess that means I have to figure out what race I’m trying next.
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