Sunday, April 25, 2010

Clydes 10k

Well with regards to improving my times over previous races, I am now 2 for 2.
On April 11th I ran in the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and improved my time from last year.
One week later, on April 18th I ran in the Clydes 10k in Columbia, MD. This was a very hilly course but I was still able to improve my time from my last 10k. My goal was be done in under an hour. My chip time was 59:19
This was a great time. The after race party is unreal. There is beer, powerade, sodas, chili, pasta, bagels, and tons of fruit.
Well this is going to be a short post as things have gotten really busy for me lately. Well that is life.
My next post will be a reflection of my training based upon my completion of the Shamrock Marathon.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cherry Blossom 10 miler

Well it has been very crazy lately. I have been a lot busier then I thought I was going to be.
So back on April 11th I ran in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 miler held in Washington DC. This was my second time running it and not only did I have just as good a time as last year, I even bet my time. Thats right I got myself a PR by 10 mins. I was really exited about it. It was a nice day, unfortunately the blossoms were about a week past thier peak.
Not much to say as far as a race report is concerned, except for the fact that I had forgotten how many people actually ran in this race. There were times were I almost had to stop running while out on the course.

Now here is something that I need some help with in understanding, and please tell me if I am over analyzing this or not.

The local ABC station was actually a sponsor of the event and had some cameras there covering the event. They aired that special this past weekend - here is the link of a short little news clip. The special was actually a half hour long. Now the reason for posting this link has to do with the finish of the elite men, this is at about 20 secs in. The half hour special that they aired really showed this, but it looked like Lelisa Desisa (7 in red) held out his arm to try to slow down Stephen Tum (19 in green) who ended up winning. I view this as poor sportsmanship and, because there is money involved, think that Lelisa Desisa should be disqualified. Of course this is only my opinion but I would like to get other views about this.
I can not believe that this would be "standard practice". I looked at the web site and it still shows that Lelisa Desisa was in 2nd and won $4000 in prize money. Anyway, it won't effect me either way I just wanted to share a little of what I saw and see what other thought about it.
Thanks for reading. More to come on my recent PR in a 10k race that I ran over the weekend.