Monday, September 24, 2007

Tour De Fleurs 20k

Last weekend I ran the 20k at the Tour De Fleurs at the Dallas Arboretum. I'm still recovering from my 100 miler two weeks ago but I decided to run it anyway to support Lindsay as she trains for her first 50k (and to stop moping around my apartment). I still have a bad case of runners knee and an oddly numb big toe but otherwise I was ready get out and run.

Joey graciously offered to carpool us out to Whiterock Lake and it was fun to see what we all remembered most from Wasatch. Parking is always a mess there, but the race organizers did a great job with this race. In fact, my only complaint was that there were too many aid stations - one each mile I think - and I felt a bit spoiled.

The race went fairly smooth. I was in pain due to my knee the whole time, but it wasn't bad enough to stop me. I'm normally not a fan of the flat and boring Whiterock Lake trail, but it was a great day for running - low 80s and sunny - and I had good company. Lindsay did awesome and she still had the energy to leave me in the dust the last mile. She will definitely be ready to join the ultrarunning ranks this November at the Rockledge Rumble 50k. Joey always amazes me. He finished sixth in his age group in about 1:24 (?). He is training to break 3 hours at the Whiterock marathon this fall and it looks like he is right on target.

I would definitely run this race again. Its always fun to run middle distance runs: they are short enough to attract a big group of people but still long enough that I don't feel guilty laying on the couch for the rest of the afternoon.


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