Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

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Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby West Grey Runner » Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:13 pm

Did the Egg Nog Jog on Sunday. I was really indecisive when it came to what I was going to wear. The temperature was hovering around freezing just like last year when I wore shorts! This time I opted for tights , long sleeve tech T, Sugoi firewall jacket and a Saucony compression hat. I also used my new Yaktrax over my Trail shoes ...Trail shoes and Yaks for a road race??????? I must admit it was a little weird running at a a sub 4:00 pace with this strange foot ware but it seemed to be OK. Headed out with Anne for the first K. We were cruising along and Anne said to me " I thought you were going to go out easy ... we are doing a 3:20 pace". Strangely enough we chatted for a bit before she stopped to tie her shoe lace .." catch up with you later..." was the last I heard of Anne! Going out fast is the right thing to do at the Nog Jog. Logged the first 2K at an avg 3:44 and 3:54 pace just a little ahead of my 4:00 target! After peeling off a 100m or so of elevation in the first 2Ks the course flattens out for a bit , this is where I changed gears .. caught up on my O2 in preparation for the climb. Next 3K were a bit rolling with an overall elevation gain , manged them in 4:59, 4:57 and 4:54. 5K in we hit the first bit of gravel road .... and the first time the Yaktrax actually were somewhat needed! Heading up the steepest hill I really felt bogged down , legs were burning and I felt like a fish out of water ....what a great course, managed the big climb logging my slowest of the day at 6:08. I hadn't looked at my Garmin yet and I really didn't care to because I was more or less giving it all that I had. With 4K to go there was still a bit of climbing before it flattens out at the top ... managed the next 3 k in 5:20 4:56 and 4:46. With 2K to go I looked at my Garmin and realized that I wasn't going to PB last years 49:44 but I dug in a picked up the pace , 10th K was done in 4:30 on a mucky wet gravel rd ... I forgot to turn the Garmin off so I missed the time on the last 800K but it was hitting a speed of 19kmh. It felt ridiculously fast with Yaktrax on dry pavement ... noisy too! Oh , did I mention that it rained the entire race!

Finished in 50:59, 46th out of 502 finishers, 13th out of 66 in my 40-49 ag. It was 75 seconds slower then last year.

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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby BJH » Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:15 pm

Good job! It was great to see you again!
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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby ROW » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:35 pm

It seems like the egg nog jog is a hard race to run consistently haha. Great race !

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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby UltraQueenga » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:17 pm

Those silly yaktrax cost you 75 seconds. ;) :lol: Good job, ron!
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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby Robbie-T » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:44 pm

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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby Doonst » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:48 pm

That's fine running! Even in those shoes.
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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby Annelizabeth » Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:10 am

75 seconds isn't bad. Good race I would say.
I bet you were hot in all those clothes, I did try to catch up you were running just so fast.

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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby Robinandamelia » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:38 am

Wow great result, congratulations.

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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby Ken B » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:26 pm

You continue to excel! Congratulations!!! :D

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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby shaggytour2005 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:18 pm

Great race out there! Very tough course under silly conditions.

Keep up the very solid work!

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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby bigguy » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:21 pm

It must have been the first year the back half of the course was not snow covered and icy. Nice result. See you on the 26th. You want a gold snowman!
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Re: Egg Nog Jog ... there were hills!

Postby ultraslacker » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:29 pm

good job, Ron!

undoubtedly the extra clothing and the yaktrax are what cost you the 75 seconds. :lol:
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